I love to write stories that delight children. Stories that engage the minds and echo in the hearts of little listeners and grown up readers alike.
I believe picture 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.
Although I have enjoyed writing stories for children for over a decade, 2017 was the year I turned my full attention to making ‘author’ my career of choice and started seeking publication. My first picture book, Jacaranda Magic, will be published by Ford Street Publishing and released in September 2018. I am excited to begin sharing the stories and characters that I love to create with children around the world. I have a number of additional picture book manuscripts currently under review by publishers and am also busy writing my first middle grade chapter book.
I love working with words across all mediums and when I am not writing stories for children, I help businesses tell their stories more effectively, as a marketing and copywriting consultant via Morningstar Consultancy.
As a professional copywriter, marketer and product development specialist with 15 years international experience, I have enjoyed developing products and writing bespoke content for large multinational companies, working in content development partnerships with big brands and providing copywriting and marketing services for small to medium Australian businesses.
I hold Bachelor degrees in both Journalism and Arts (Child Psychology) from the University of Queensland (2002) and have completed a handful of creative writing courses and professional development workshops via industry organisations including the Queensland Writers Centre in more recent years.
I live in Brisbane, Australia with my husband and two children (3 and 5 years) and am wildly excited and optimistic about what the next year’s writing adventures will bring.