Emerging Authors

A.J. Tonks

A.J. Tonks

Anita Tonks was born and raised in middle England, and for the past fifteen years has called Queensland her home. She’s a bit of a tree hugger, and when she isn’t writing or working at her day job in primary schools, she can be found walking out in nature with her partner and cheeky Beagle Max.

Abbey Lane

Abbey Lane

Bursting to share her stories with the world is emerging author - Abbey Lane. A woman of mystery writing Picture Book stories with humour and themes that bring on the smiles.

Andrew Dittmer

Andrew Dittmer

Andrew is crafting a collection of stories. He writes picture books, chapter books and junior fiction.

Anita Kenny

Anita Kenny

I have always loved to express myself with words, words, words. And in the written format, I feel I can do this at my best with the utmost pleasure. I am the go-to person in the office when that formal email needs to be done, when a diplomatic response is required, when copy needs to adorn artwork or a media release must feature all the benefits in a readable format. I pride myself on this!

Artelle Lenthall

Artelle Lenthall

Yes, I am another one. It seems that in all of my research, blog searching and courses undertaken to learn about and improve my writing, I have come across so many of us. Strangely enough this is encouraging and daunting at the same time. Hello, my name is Artelle Lenthall and I am a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. Like so many before me, I am also (mixed feelings of discomfort and pride here) an emerging author.

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband Ross, two daughters, Maddy and Aijay, and her spoilt Labradors Stitch and Chewie.

Her girls inspire her every day to write children’s books. Stitch, Chewie and her previous dog - Obi often provide the material.

Carole Lander

Carole Lander

Carole studied writing and editing at RMIT Melbourne after a long career in the education sector. She discovered her flair for writing for children when a her short story Mimi’s Gift  was bought and published by Ziptales (educational website in Australia and UK). Several of her stories are published in the Short Tales for Kids AnthologiesA Present from Paris (anthology 1) Another World (anthology 2), Revving Up (anthology 3), Puffin Pip's Big Sea Adventure (anthology 4), Christmas Dreams (Christmas Tales 3) and One More Wish (Christmas Tales 4).

Dannielle Viera

Dannielle Viera

I have been involved in the Australian publishing industry for over 20 years – first as a copywriter and then as an editor, project manager, proofreader and author.

Davey Tross

Davey Tross

“What’s toothpaste made of?”, “The moon is following me!”, “What’s bigger than infinity?”, “My shadow keeps copying me!”

Just some of the brilliant questions and observations made by children everyday which could easily be titles for the perfect Picture Book.

David R Lewis

David R Lewis

If you are reading this, we have two magic wonders in common: reading and writing.

Both spark imagination, adventure and discovery.

Debby Cameron

Debby Cameron

Grandmother of four who call me Nonnie, mother of two who call me Mom, and wife of one who calls me Babe, I have recently retired and moved to the Gold Coast from the U.S.A. with my Australian husband, black Lab, and tabby cat. I have applied for residency and, once eligible, will apply to become a citizen. I will, however, carry my accent with me to the grave.

Debra Tidball

Debra Tidball

Debra is a children's author of award-winning picture books. The Scared Book won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Australia and New Zealand, and is a CBCA Notable Book. When I See Grandma won the Caleb Award and both books have been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book Of the Year.

Debra Williams

Debra Williams

My name is Debra Williams. I am a new author, and my first Junior Fiction novel Harriet and the Secret Rings was self-published by my editor/assessor, children’s author Sally Odgers, last year. I have recently re-married following the sudden death of my first husband John in April 2016, and I have decided to keep my previous name of Clewer for my novels.

Dominique Potvin

Dominique Potvin

I’m an aspiring writer from Perth, Western Australia. My short story, Aria in Australia is my first publication. It has been accepted in the Atlantis Short Story Contest Anthology for 2018. Due to come out, mid-October. I endeavour to have this story published as a picture book.

Eileen Magee

Eileen Magee

Eileen Magee is rather devoted to tea and chocolate—and her dogs.

More inclined to be outside than in, poses somewhat of a contradiction to her persistent inclination to write. It does however, provide enormous inspiration.

Elizabeth Macintosh

Elizabeth Macintosh

Elizabeth Macintosh is passionate about the beauty of words and manipulating language. She grew up on the North Coast of NSW and now lives in Coonabarabran, the Astronomy Capital of Australia.

Although she has published many articles in newspapers and national magazines, Elizabeth’s main interests are writing for children and YA. Her tales often have a humorous twist and many involve true events. She has won several awards for her adult short stories.

Fiona C Lloyd

Fiona C Lloyd

Fiona C Lloyd has always been fascinated by words, especially juicy, chewy roll around the mouth words. As a child, she loved reading so much she frequently snuck a torch under the covers to 'just get to the end of this chapter, and this one, and this one.’ She dreamed of being an author in a cosy country cottage, but ups and downs happened and writing just didn’t, until she realised that what she needed was right there all along - a seed of self-belief and the desire to work really really hard.

Geoff Richards

Geoff Richards

My name is Geoff Richards, I live on the Northern Beaches, with my wife and our two year old daughter.

I have always admired the art of writing and recently I took the first step by completing a creative writing course, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Georgie Donaghey

Georgie Donaghey

Georgie Donaghey discovered her love for creative writing at the age of seven. Apart from the colourful tales she would entertain her classmates and peers with, Georgie entered and won her first competition. Although her hand written award from the Sun Herald Junior writing competition is now faded and the poem she submitted a distant memory, her passion for writing developed into an obsession.

Hayley Hunkin

Hayley Hunkin

I have a degree in communication (print journalism) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and more than 20 years’ experience in writing in various fields.

After becoming a mother for the first time in 2013, I discovered a joy in reading a wide variety of children’s books to my son. I found delight in children’s books where the words were as carefully crafted as the imaginative illustrations.

Helen Carlaw

Helen Carlaw

I grew up in New Zealand listening to dad recite quirky poems and rhyming stories. His stories, and the rhythmic way he told them, influenced my writing style. Writing became my passion, especially quirky, rhyming stories. Eventually, I became the family scribe.  Memorable events were captured by my poems and stories and rolled out on special occasions.

Helena Adeloju

Helena Adeloju

There have always been stories weaving themselves together in my imagination, but now it is time to share them with others. I am an aspiring author who still craves the joy and magic of story time.

Hinda Rosen

Hinda Rosen

There isn’t much to say about me. I’m a retired teacher/librarian. I’m a beginner at writing in English (my first languages are Polish and Yiddish).

Jacinta Farragher

Jacinta Farragher

Hello!

I have a life-long love of books, language, and writing which has prompted me to pursue a career as a children’s book author.

Jan Latta

Jan Latta

Jan Latta - author and wildlife photographer

In 1994 Jan came face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda and the experience changed her life. When her guide said there were fewer than 600 mountain gorillas left in the wild, she wanted to do something to help. She decided to publish books for children on endangered animals. But first she became a wildlife photographer so she could tell the animal's stories in pictures as well as words.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Jane Smith is a Queensland librarian, author and freelance editor who enjoys researching and writing about history – fiction and non-fiction, for children and for adults.

Janelle Ballenden

Janelle Ballenden

My name is Janelle Ballenden and I love to write.

I sit at my laptop with the intention of writing for just 15 minutes, then 2 hours later, I have to stop to take a break. I become immersed in my characters and I can’t wait to see where they lead me.

Jaz Stutley

Jaz Stutley

Jaz Stutley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Literature and Writing; an Associate Diploma of Editing; and a Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature. (Deakin University.)

She is the author of more than fifty texts published by educational publishers of children’s books: short fiction, (fantasy and realism), non-fiction, poetry, songs and digital text.

Jeffery E Doherty

Jeffery E Doherty

I make up stuff, I’m arty and I’m a bit of a nerd.

I love telling stories. One of those stories starts with "No, when I was in the Wiggles they already had a Jeff so I had to use my middle name..." Whole bunches of kids at the school where I work believe I was once Eddie the Evil Wiggle.

Jo Saunders

Jo Saunders

Jo Saunders here. I live on the glorious Gold Coast with my teenage son and school teacher husband. And yes, I’m another school teacher! I’m an English as a Second Language teacher, visiting 5 different state schools where I give specialist support to a whole bunch of gorgeous kids from all over the world, who now call the Gold Coast home.

Judith Barker

Judith Barker

Judith attributes Dr Seuss’ fantastical tales about faraway places to her love of writing children’s picture books. She’s an English teacher, intrepid traveller and modern wordsmith.

K.L. Hughes

K.L. Hughes

K.L. Hughes is a storyteller and emerging writer of Middle Grade Fiction of which she has a great love. A resident of Perth, Western Australia, Kate holds a Bachelor of Communications in which she studied scriptwriting and completed a Creating TV Drama for Children course with the Australian Writers Guild.

Karen Hendriks

Karen Hendriks

I live in Shellharbour, and love the natural beauty and the relaxed nature of our place by the sea. Shellharbour is the perfect place for a writer.

I have been a teacher for over twenty years and have always used children’s picture books as a core part of my literacy teaching. A long held goal is to write picture books and become a creator of story magic.

Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil loves words and, in particular, the way they get together in poems. She has taught Speech and Drama for several years at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and believes that the memorising and performing of poetry has immeasurable benefits for children.

Kellie Nissen

Kellie Nissen

Following is a small part of a speech I gave last year as ‘guest author’ at my school’s annual Just 50 Words presentation ceremony:

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald has been writing since she was in primary school. It was always her dream (and still is) to have her own stories published someday. After moving overseas for three years, she had the opportunity to sit down, learn her craft and develop her skills to a higher level. In 2011 She was ecstatic to come third in the CYA illustrators contest, and then was absolutely thrilled to come first in the same category in 2012.

In recent years she has begun to utilise her art to illustrate some of her own stories which she has been selling as personalised books. Her art work can also be found on a number of book jackets.

Ky Garvey

Ky Garvey

Ky Garvey is the host of the podcast Totally Lit and also an award winning writer of short stories and inclusive, empowering stories for children.

She is the mum of  two wonderful sons and three fur babies.

Lesley Reed

Lesley Reed

As well as successfully completing a course in writing children’s stories through Adelaide TAFE: Centre for The Arts, Lesley Reed has published a children’s novel, several children’s short stories and published one or two stories for adults too.

Liane Morris

Liane Morris

Liane Morris is an aspiring author of children's fiction. A keen traveller, Liane has used her experiences in exotic locations as well as the quirks of her 2 young boys to inspire her stories, which include a junior chapter book time slip series, several picture books and ideas for a middle grade chapter book series. Personally, Liane is outgoing (she does have a drama degree!) and believes that we create our own reality.

Lyndy Lou

Lyndy Lou

Born into the bushveld of Africa I was always surrounded with campfire stories and African folklore. It was only natural that I would develop a love of storytelling.

Lynelle Kendall

Lynelle Kendall

Lynelle Kendall is an Early Childhood Educator, mother and writer.

She writes short form children’s fiction: poetry, picture books, short stories and early chapter books with a delightful mix of humour, enchantment and adventure. Her characters include a bumbling crew of pirates, a hyperactive mouse, a group of dinosaur circus performers, an ambitious robot, a fairy with attitude and children who discover magical creatures in their own backyard.

Maria Parenti-Baldey

Maria Parenti-Baldey

Maria is a primary teacher and passionate about keeping kids reading. She keenly enjoys picture books (PB). One that students see themselves reflected, can relate to, quietly informs, and/or brings joy.

Mark Carthew

Mark Carthew

Mark Carthew is an award winning Australian children’s author, poet, musician and educator well known for his books and series celebrating language, humour and wordplay.

Mary Ann Napper

Mary Ann Napper

Mary Ann Napper is a published author. Her debut novel, Born to Fly, published in 2014, was followed by articles published in News.com au and Autism Parenting magazine (USA). Several of her short stories have been published in anthologies. Her next story, Nature’s Child, is due for publication at the end of 2018.

Maura Pierlot

Maura Pierlot

Maura Pierlot is an emerging author and playwright whose first title (a music-themed children’s picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town, launched in May 2018), has received international recognition and is already in its second print run.

Michelle Wanasundera

Michelle Wanasundera

My name is Michelle, and I'm happily living in the Blue Mountains with my little family, after tree-change from the city. 

I adore books and have been known to be slightly intoxicated by bookshops need to stop myself from sniffing them all!

Miranda Hackwill

Miranda Hackwill

Miranda Hackwill lives in South East Queensland with her husband and their four children. Grandon’s Gifts is her first picture book, based on the relationship between her father and her children in the lead-up to her father’s death.

Patricia Simmons

Patricia Simmons

After a long career in children’s services working in preschool, out of school hours care and museum settings Tricia is now a full time writer living on the beautiful south coast of NSW.

Paula Stevenson

Paula Stevenson

I live in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW on a cattle property where we breed Wagyu cattle. I am a voracious reader and I also write every day, as I am blessed with space and peace in an inspiring landscape, enclosed in a soft valley circled by violet mountain ranges.

Pauline Hosking

Pauline Hosking

To pay the bills Pauline’s worked as a teacher, teacher-librarian, journalist, theatre publicist, radio producer, TV script assistant and lecturer in the Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing). She’s run creative writing workshops as part of Arts Victoria’s Artist in Schools program and tutored in the G.A.T.E.WAYS programs for talented and gifted children.

Rachel Barnett

Rachel Barnett

Rachel Barnett is an author and illustrator and teacher and also the operator of Holus Bolus Books. She has been writing and drawing all of her life... or most of it anyway.

Renee Price

Renee Price

Renee Price is a children's author, song-writer and performer from Newcastle, New South Wales. She has 15 years collective experience in early childhood education, writing and entertainment.

Rory Hammersley-Mather

Rory Hammersley-Mather

Rory H. Mather loves picture books. He loves their smell, the way they feel, the joy they bring and how they taste. Okay, maybe not that last one...but he does LOVE picture books, which is why he has chased his dream of becoming a published picture book author.

Sal Gallaher

Sal Gallaher

Sal works as a planner during the day but dreams up stories at night. She has always had a strong love of storytelling right back to her childhood in Denmark The long dark winters provided plenty of indoor time perfect for reading and writing.

Sandra Bennett

Sandra Bennett

Mother of three boys, retired Primary School teacher Sandra Bennett appreciates the struggle of teaching reading to reluctant readers and understands the importance of hooking readers from an early age. Increasing literacy in our children has become her passion.

Sharna Carter

Sharna Carter

I am a teacher, mother, aspiring children’s author and picture book enthusiast!

Sharon Boyce

Sharon Boyce

Hi, my name is Sharon Boyce. I have always loved to read and lose myself in faraway lands and magical places, sharing in the adventures of the characters. Creative writing was my favourite part of English at school and it was my Year 8 English teacher who suggested I become a writer.

Shaye Wardrop

Shaye Wardrop

Shaye Wardrop wants to live in a world where pet dragons are commonplace, drinking tea out of buckets is socially acceptable and reading books is a genuine career choice.

Susan Berran

Susan Berran

Author & illustrator of the ‘FREAKY Series’ Susan Berran is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write, particularly those reluctant readers so close to moving on to high school yet not at the required reading level.

With her stories content largely gross but hilarious, the series is striking a chord with many young readers and interestingly with many of the parents and grandparents that just need a good old laugh.

Susan Hili

Susan Hili

Susan Hili lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains. She is semi-retired and has time now to explore her passion; writing children’s stories – inspired by her two granddaughters.

Suzanne Faed

Suzanne Faed

My name is Suzanne Faed, but I prefer to be called Suzi. I am a qualified teacher, wife, and full-time mother to an energetic and book-loving toddler. I am also the author of the upcoming picture book, My Daddy is Different, which will be released through Empowering Resources mid-way through this year.

Tabitha Page

Tabitha Page

Tabitha Page is an emerging writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. In 2010, she left her home country of New Zealand for a land full of new opportunities and new challenges and she found just that, in bucketsful.

A trained childcare professional, she holds a certificate in Child Psychology, a certificate and diploma in Children’s Services and has many years of childcare experience.

Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle-grade fantasy and contemporary stories for children, picture books, and YA.

Zoya Nojin

Zoya Nojin

Zoya Nojin is a medical scientist with a passion for writing children’s stories. You name it – picture books, junior fiction, middle grade – they all rock her world.

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    Jack Heath
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    Sally Murphy
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  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

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    Jacqueline Harvey
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    Margaret Hamilton

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  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
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    Adam Wallace
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
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  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'Creative Kids Tales contributes a wonderful sense of community to the Australian kids’ book scene, from sharing insightful interviews, to writing competitions and now a conference. It’s a great organisation to follow online and be a part of!'

    - www.onemorepagepodcast.com

    One More Page podcast

  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'What a great site! We all tend to work in isolation in our own little caves. It’s great to see all the other cave dwellers out there and realise we are not alone. What a great resource!'

    - brucewhatley.com

    Bruce Whatley

  • 'CKT is such a valuable site for anybody wanting to learn a bit more about making children’s books. When time travelling becomes possible, I’ll steal all the info from this site and deliver it to my younger, aspiring self.'

    - petercarnavas.com

    Peter Carnavas

  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! - www.suewhiting.com

    Sue Whiting
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'
    www.sgervay.com

    Susanne Gervay