Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Sally Rippin.
Sally Rippin would be the first to admit she was born with a pencil in her hand.
Her list of books almost as long as the Northern Territory’s Stuart Highway, comprises of chapter, YA, picture and board books.
She has been published by Penguin, Lothian, Allen and Unwin, Text Publishing, Hardie Grant and the list goes on. Her books are adored both locally and internationally.
Sally’s life is almost as colourful as the books she’s authored. Born in Darwin and raised in South-East Asia her family never settled in one place for too long due to her father’s work. As a child she lived in Brunei, Singapore, England, Perth, Adelaide and Hong Kong.
All feeding her imagination into creating the rich characters we see in her books today.
English and Art were her favourite subjects at school. Realising his daughter’s potential, Sally’s father signed her up for Chinese painting classes at the Shanghai Institute of Fine Art.
Her first novel Chenxi and the Foreigner came about after studying traditional Chinese painting in Shanghai and Hangzhou for three years.
Billie B Brown (20 in the series) and Hey Jack! (13 published with another 7 to come) are her more recognisable works. Her highly acclaimed novel, Angel Creek was released in 2011.
Sally’s illustrations have graced the works of other authors such as John Marsden, Gabrielle Wang, Dianne Bates, Janeen Brian, Margaret Wild and the list goes on. Many of her illustrations are heavily influenced by her experiences in China.
One of the perks Sally really enjoys is travelling to schools in Australia and around the world, meeting children, running workshops and attending festivals. She could never have imagined her creative talents would reward her so richly with a full time career.
Currently Sally lives in Melbourne with her partner and three sons.
Whether it is writing or illustrating, Sally Rippin loves her job and wouldn’t change it for the world.
You can follow Sally on Facebook: en-gb.facebook.com/sally.rippin
To read more about this talented author visit her website: www.sallyrippin.com
You can also check out Sally's blog: sallyrippin.blogspot.com.au