I am an author, copywriter and marketing consultant. My work has been published across a range of traditional and multi-media platforms over the past 18 years.
With a strong professional background in international content development and marketing, degrees in Journalism and Child Psychology and special interests in early education, literacy and nature play, I have found the perfect alignment of my patchwork collection of talents and passions in writing quality literature for children in recent years. I’m hooked for life now.
My first picture book, Jacaranda Magic (illustrated by Megan Forward, published by Ford Street Publishing) was released in September 2018. Jacaranda Magic won the title of ‘Best-Selling Children’s Book of the Year’ at Little Gnome Book Shop for 2018 and I was honoured to be the recipient of the MBC Queenslander of the Year Award in 2019 for ‘Contribution to the Arts in Queensland’.
My new release, Scribbly Gum Secrets (also with Ford Street Publishing and Megan Forward) is due for release April 1 2020.
My other titles include My Tribe (Library for All) and SeaSpray17: Ocean Photography & Haiku Poetry, a creative collaboration with award-winning ocean & landscape photographer Kian Bates of Raw Edge Photography.
I have two graphic novels due for release in 2020.
I love to write stories that delight children, spark curiosity and open relatable conversations: stories that engage the minds and echo in the hearts of little listeners and grown up readers alike.
I believe quality books are critical to children; to fuel imaginative play, to encourage early literacy, to teach, to linger, to promote change and for the pure and simple LOVE of reading and writing.
I love working with words across all mediums and when I am not writing stories for children or running in-school workshops, I help businesses tell their stories more effectively. I am the Director of marketing and copywriting consultancy Morningstar Consultancy.
I have enjoyed developing products and writing bespoke content for large multinational companies, working in content and business development partnerships with big international brands as well as providing copywriting and marketing services for small to medium Australian businesses.
I am a lifelong learner, constantly striving to improve my craft by participating in professional development workshops via industry organisations including Share Your Story, SCBWI and the Queensland Writers Centre.
When I’m not in front of the computer, you’ll find me by the water, hanging out with my family.
A wild optimist at heart, I am determinedly committed to creating a sustainable, fulfilling and life-long career as a children’s author…despite being told, multiple times, that this is a virtual impossibility.
Watch this space.