About Me

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I’m a writer and artist from Perth, Western Australia. I like to write short fiction for children and for adults, essays and book reviews. I also dabble in children’s book illustration.

After my children were born, I spent a lot of time reading picture books with them. I had always been a reader and played about with creative writing, but the beauty of picture book stories and artwork inspired me to become creative again. In the last two years, I have written several books for young children (to be published) and short fiction for older children. I have also published book reviews, essays and short fiction on Medium.

When I’m not reading or writing, I enjoy running, which, to be honest, is often a lot like the process of writing. You might find me on the paths around Lake Monger or Herdsman Lake, just north of Perth city, working out ideas in my head.