Tell us a bit about yourself
Ok, so here goes nothing! I am putting myself out there and following my dream of becoming a published children’s author. At times this dream feels about as possible as becoming Zac Efron’s wife, but hey crazier things have happened, haven’t they? So instead of sitting around (which doesn’t really happen being a busy mother of two) and letting my manuscripts gather dust, I am committing to this idea and going to make my dream a reality. On this blog you’ll find all things picture books, writing for children, reading to children and probably a story or two about my children. So thanks for joining me and I look forward to posting about
my engagement to Zac my first published children’s book.
What did you do before you starting writing?
I am a Drama, Humanities (also known as SOSE) and Legal Studies teacher. As a part of my job I’ve directed many school productions, both devised and scripted. Before teaching, I completed a double degree at Monash University; a Bachelor of Arts and Education with a major in Criminology and a minor in Drama and as a part of my studies also completed an Integration Aide course. I always knew I wanted to work with children and do something creative and teaching has been a rewarding career choice.
How were you introduced to writing?
I’ve always loved writing and as a Drama teacher storytelling has always been a part of my day. I have been on Maternity Leave since having my first child 3 years ago and rediscovered the amazing world of picture books. It began as a creative outlet; writing stories for my kids and is now something that I wish to pursue professionally.
What impressed you the most about becoming an author?
It has to be the money, the fame and easy ride to making this dream happen. Ha -perhaps I like a challenge! Seriously though, what draws me in is simply the idea of a child connecting with one of my stories. I adore books and would love every child to find one that connects with them.
How is your writing making a difference for you right now?
Having children has been the best thing I have ever done, and I am lucky to spend every day with them; they are seriously the most gorgeous, amazing little humans. But, to be the best mum I can be, I need something for me too. Writing for me is a creative outlet and has got my brain working again. This journey has also given me the chance to meet some wonderful people, learn new skills and set goals for myself. Finding the balance is always a challenge, especially when my children provide you with a constant stream of story writing inspiration.
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
I have always loved reading and by 7-years-old I was already into Chapter Books. A fun day out for me was going to the library and selecting my next bunch of books to read. Escaping to another world through books was a way for me to relax as a child, and still is now as an adult.
What is the most important thing about books?
I’m passionate about children’s literature and I have seen first hand the positive influence a love of books has had on my own children. I realise not all children have this love for books and many are reluctant readers. My big picture dream is for every child to find at least one book they can love; the stories I write are with this goal in mind.
Do you believe books can change the world?
Absolutely. There is so much to learn from books. I’m guilty of using them as my go-to parenting strategy…need to be brave? Mum’s having a baby? Learning to share? Interested in the moon? I’ll find a find a book about that. Sharing a story together acts as a springboard for deeper conversations or a talking point when things get tough. Books change our world on a daily basis.
What do you hope to create with your writing?
A sense of fun. I want reading to be a joy, not a chore. My stories and characters will make you laugh, surprise you and give you all those good feelings – I hope!
What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to get my work published, so future generations can enjoy my stories. If this doesn’t happen traditionally in the next few years, then I will set about publishing my own
Has Share Your Story helped you in any way?
I have been following Michelle’s Blog for some time. I’ve found lots of useful advice, which is helping me navigate this crazy world of getting my picture books published.
What are your first impressions of the publishing industry?
While I’m yet to get a publishing contract, I really appreciate the editors that send encouraging words in their rejection letters. It is a long and slow process so any positive feedback is greatly appreciated.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Wow. That’s a big question. How cool would it be if money was irrelevant so everyone could do what makes them happy? That would make for a creative and wonderful world.