Dannika Patterson is a children’s author, marketing and copywriting consultant, whose work has been published across a range of traditional and multi-media platforms.
With a strong background in international content development and marketing, as well as degrees in Journalism and Child Psychology, Dannika has found the perfect alignment of her talents and passions in writing quality literature for children.
Dannika loves 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.
Dannika believes 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.
Dannika’s first picture book, Jacaranda Magic (illustrated by Megan Forward, published by Ford Street Publishing) was released in September 2018 and sold out of it’s first hardcover print run within 6 weeks. Her next two picture books are scheduled for release in 2019 and she has several other works in progress, including a chapter book series.
Dannika loves working with words across all mediums and when she is not writing stories for children or running in-school workshops, she helps businesses tell their stories more effectively. She is the Director of marketing and copywriting consultancy Morningstar Consultancy.
As a professional copywriter, marketer and product development specialist with 18 years experience, Dannika has 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.
Dannika holds Bachelor degrees in both Journalism and Arts (Child Psychology) from the University of Queensland (2002) and is a lifelong learner, having completed a handful of creative writing courses and professional development workshops via industry organisations including Share Your Story and the Queensland Writers Centre in more recent years.
Dannika lives in the bayside suburb of Manly in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two children (4 and 6 years old).
A wild optimist at heart, she is determinedly committed to creating a sustainable, fulfilling and life-long career as a children’s author.