What has your background been before you starting writing?
I began my professional life as a journalist with a local newspaper. I then worked for many years as a wire journalist for Australian Associated Press. After many moons in journalism, I switched to community development. My career as an author overlapped with my time in community development.
How were you introduced to writing?
My big break came in Grade 4 when one of my stories was read out to the class!
What was the one thing that impressed you the most about becoming an author?
I love and have always loved books. To create one of those things that I adore is a dream come true.
How is your writing making a difference for you right now?
I feel I am always growing as a writer and pushing myself to explore new forms. For example, this year I studied poetry and performance and performed my very first ‘stand-up’ poem.
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
They were my delight and refuge. I have my Dad to thank for introducing me to books. He used to read to me most nights. My early favourites were Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Ivan Southall.
What is the most important thing about what you want to do?
I specifically love being a kid’s writer for the connection with children. I think it’s so incredibly important to get kids excited about reading at a young age.
Do you believe books can change the world?
What do you hope people will take away from your writing?
I hope that I might make them laugh or (sometimes) cry. To move people with my words is a huge power-kick – mwah, ha, ha! Only kidding!
What is your ultimate goal?
To be an established children’s writer making a living in the industry.
Has Share Your Story helped you in any way?
Yes, I have been inspired by the stories of others.
What results have you experienced, good or bad, about being a part of the publishing industry?
The kindness of other writers came as a very pleasant surprise after the dog-eat-dog world of journalism. Grasping the holy grail and having a book published does not (as you think it will) change everything…it is still a long, slow road. On the other hand, there is nothing like the thrill of seeing a book that you wrote in print.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Reverse climate change…