I write stories about robots, dragons, frogs, rainstorms, cities that move, odd families, clockwork cats, imaginary giraffes, tiny castles, giant umbrellas, boys who love music, and girls who discover they don’t have to take nonsense from anyone.
I especially love writing about the places where people and nature meet.
Fun facts about me:
I am an Australian living in California.
I have also lived in Colorado and New York, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Singapore.
I grew up speaking French and English. Though my French is now rusty and I have to think before I speak (which is inconvenient).
I love beaches and rainforests. Cold places make me grumpy.
I have spent many hours on big seas in tiny boats, photographing sailing races.
I have an Honour’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Photography. The photo on my homepage was part of my final project on childhood, nature, and imagination: Looking for Something Lost.
Growing up, libraries were my second home.
My favorite author is Terry Pratchett—his books are funny, perceptive, and kind (in the fiercest sense of the word).
It was Shaun Tan’s remarkable stories that first inspired me to write picture books.