Books have always been my friends. I remember the first book that fired this passion, and exactly where I was at the time – on the front steps of my country town’s library, reading, for hours. My parents were on the verge of sending out a search party. I was seven, and the book was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
When I was 12, I found the strangest things in outback Queensland … shells and crustaceans poking out of the cliff walls hundreds of kilometres from the sea. They were fossils. That day started my fascination for fossils and interest in this ancient land’s amazing pre-history. Years later, I wrote an adventure novel set on a Queensland outback fossil dig.
Over the years, I’ve continued to write the stories that tumble from my head – then rewrite them, edit and rewrite again. I’ve won some competitions and awards:
- Australian Society of Authors Mentorship 2006
- Australian Society of Authors Mentorship 2010
- May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship 2008
- CYA Writers Conference writing competition 2009 – 2nd Prize Princess Clown
- Arts Network East Gippsland writing competition 2002 – 3rd Prize Pigeon on a Sandstone Ledge
I continue to write and visit schools in my home town of Brisbane (in Australia) where I live, to talk about writing and books, and sometimes even about Australian dinosaurs.