I write and illustrate children's books which inspire imaginative and creative play.
As an Early Childhood Educator, I believe creative and imaginitive play are important opportunites for children's social, emotional and language development. With a rise in technology I am concerned that children are spending less time engaging in play.
My children's books provide lots of ideas to encourage children to find their creative side.
I was born in the small country town of St George in South-West Queensland, Australia, where I was fortunate to spend my childhood growing up on my parents’ cotton farm.
As a child I loved stories and would often write and illustrate little books. It has been my life-long dream to be an author and illustrator. I decided persuing a teaching career would be a fun way to learn more about how little people think and help me gain insight before becoming an author/illustrator.
I received my Bachelor of Teaching from Christian Heritage College and my Bachelor of Education from Griffith University, majoring in Art with an illustrating (children's book) elective. Thoroughly enjoying the idea of working with small children and delighting at the chance to discover first hand from classroom experience, what works well in children’s literature, I embarked on a teaching career spanning a decade and a half. The majority of my teaching career was spent in a North London School in England. As a dedicated teacher I did not have a great deal of time to focus on any writing or illustrating – however I greatly enjoyed many European holidays!
I returned to my hometown where I had the privilege of teaching at my old Primary School under my former Headmaster for 18 months. Later moving on to a private school in North Brisbane.
After having my two boys and taking a break from teaching, I was blest to have the opportunity to write and illustrate my first book The Magic In Boxes.
The Magic in Dress-Ups is the second book in the series. It was released in September 2017.
I am currently working on a third book in the imagination series.