I was born and raised in Perth but also spent several years of my childhood living in country towns. I found a passion for performance early at school scoring the lead role of Noah in the musical Oh Noah! It was a love of theatre that helped me survive the jungle of High School. I went on to study theatre and film and television at university including a year of study as a drama teacher. I also acquired an agent and became a professional actor for many years performing on TV, film and stage. At one time during my acting career I became Captain Starlight entertaining children at Princess Margaret Hospital and touring the country to visit special need schools to perform shows and entertain the children.
During Book Week I would tour schools performing characters from books and it was at this time I began to realize the potential quality literature had to enrich the lives of children and how a well written book with a great message could influence the minds of a generation and create change for the better… or just make them laugh and appreciate the colour and joy of life.
When my two children were born I discovered a world of magic and humour in children’s picture books and couldn’t get enough of them. I would go to the library (actually just about every library in driving distance) and come home with a tower of picture books to read to my kids. They were enthralled with the voices and crazy characters and I became addicted in finding new titles to read every night. It was during this time that I was inspired to put my voice on the page and I started to write Scarlet Hood often sitting quietly in a library soaking up the energy of that magic place surrounded by book and lovers of books.
I sent the manuscript off to many publishers but after six months waiting for a positive response I decided to go back to pencil and paper and write another book with a steely eyed determination to have a picture book published. This time it took only a few weeks for the lovely people at MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing in the US to offer me a contract but the real surprise came in the same week when I heard from a publisher in the UK, Salariya Books, that they would like to publish Scarlet Hood. I was to be a debut author of two children’s books!
And that was the start of my life as an international children’s author from down under. I hope to bring lots of wonderful stories into the lives of many millions of children for years to come. Call me a crazy crab but I aim to reach for the stars. Will you come along for the ride?