I am a children’s author, workshop presenter and freelance writer with degrees in Psychology and Journalism. I’m also a Mum, bookworm, native bee-keeper and an occasional Spice Girl impersonator. 

After overdosing on corporate life (following a successful international career where I used my wordsmithing and product development skills and to help businesses tell their stories and promote their products more effectively), I’ve found true professional passion over the past five years, writing stories and presenting workshops for children. 

I love to write stories that delight, warm hearts, spark curiosity and open relatable conversations: stories that engage and echo the minds of little listeners and grown up readers alike.

My first picture book, Jacaranda Magic, was published by Ford Street Publishing in 2018. 
12 children’s titles and a whole lot of learning later, I am more excited about being part of the kid lit industry than ever.  Having had books published (and plenty more rejected!) across traditional trade, education, independent and not-for-profit markets has helped me hone my skills.

Off the back of my books, I’ve created a range of custom workshops for primary schools, libraries, community events and writers festivals. These workshops all have stories at the center and are enhanced by highly interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Math) elements, to help students make real-world and curriculum connections with themes and ideas in the text, helping to bring my books to life in meaningful ways.  Plus, they’re fun. A lot of fun, because learning happens best when we’re at play. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about my workshops and author visits.  

Through my writing and my workshops, my aim is to uplift and inspire the next generations, helping to foster creativity, ecological and self-awareness in a gentle, joyful way. 

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 am a lifelong learner, constantly striving to improve my craft by reading widely and participating in professional development workshops via industry organisations including Share Your Story, SCBWI and the Queensland Writers Centre.

I have two new picture books due for release over the next 12 months, Heavy with Wombat Books and Hedgehog the Wonder Dog with Ford Street Publishing.  

I’m also holding my breath, waiting to hear back from publishers on more of my manuscripts in their ‘to be considered’ piles. Cross your fingers for me! There’s a definite formula of luck x skill x likeability x ? = publishing success. 

When I’m not reading, writing or talking about stories, you’ll find me by the water, hanging out with my family.

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