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A.J. Tonks

A.J. Tonks

Anita Tonks was born and raised in middle England, and for over sixteen years has called Queensland her home. When she isn’t writing, she can

Abbey Lane

Abbey Lane

From quirky Picture Book stories for youngsters through to humorous middle grade non-sensical tales, Julie Paine loves to make her readers smile. Writing under the

Andrew Dittmer

Andrew Dittmer

Andrew writes picture books, chapter books and middle grade fiction. He has an upcoming picture book release which will be his first. Andrew has been

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

Artelle Lenthall

Artelle Lenthall

Artelle Lenthall loves the world of stories, the magic of words on a page and the amazing places they can take us. As a primary

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her family. Her daughters inspire her every day to write children’s books. The Labradors in Ashley’s life

Beverley McWilliams

Beverley McWilliams

Beverley’s background is in law and accountancy, but after emigrating to Australia with four children she ditched the rat race (and the money) to follow

Carole Lander

Carole Lander

Carole Lander has invented characters and stories for years – as actor, Drama teacher and writer. Her short stories and books are published by Storm

Christine Kodos

Christine Kodos

Christine grew up in a family of 10 with 2 dogs, 3 budgies and a turtle. As a child she spent most of her time

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson

Claire is an aspiring picture book writer on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She is passionate about writing children’s stories that are empowering and fun. A former

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,

Dave Petzold

Dave Petzold

Dave Petzold is a 2021 CBCA Shortlisted author and illustrator from Lennox Head, Australia. His playful and goofy illustrations embrace the little things that go

David R Lewis

David R Lewis

David is creating another middle grade novel. A Creative Kid’s Tales critique group member, writer and journalist with stories in the latest CTK anthologies, David’s

Debra Clewer

Debra Clewer

Debra Clewer is the author of three middle-grade fantasy fiction novels and short stories. She is working on an upcoming chapter book series for 7-9

Elizabeth Macintosh

Elizabeth Macintosh

Elizabeth Macintosh is an award-winning writer and former teacher based in regional NSW. Her tales often have a humorous twist and many are inspired by

Ester Reato

Ester Reato

Ester is a writer and a mental health clinician. Ester has worked in schools as a school counsellor, worked in women’s refuges for women and

Fiona C Lloyd

Fiona C Lloyd

Fiona is a mum of three and former television colourist. She has works in two anthologies, with an upcoming third release. Fiona is a role

Frances Mackay

Frances Mackay

Frances was a Primary School teacher for 20 years. She has had over 80 educational books published in the UK and Australia but now wants

Gail Turnham

Gail Turnham

Gail is an aspiring Children’s book author. She has a lively curiosity, vivid imagination and loves creating stories. In 2020 she completed Writing Picture Books

Geoff Richards

Geoff Richards

Geoff, an avid story-teller and published author through The Creative Kids Tales Story Collection 2, enjoys the fun, adventure and humour children’s books can bring.

Georgie Donaghey

Georgie Donaghey

At eight years old, Georgie was bitten by a redback spider. That same year, she won her first writing competition. As a grown-up, (do children’s

Hayley Hunkin

Hayley Hunkin

I have been writing in one form or another most of my life. Starting as a journalist, I still write freelance articles, but my real

Helen Carlaw

Helen Carlaw

Helen is an emerging author of middle-grade children’s books and children’s picture books. In 2019, her picture book story was shortlisted in the NSW Writers’

Helen Hayden

Helen Hayden

Helen grew up on a dairy farm in the Riverina, plotting imaginary stories as she rounded up the cows for milking each afternoon. Having no

Jacinta Farragher

Jacinta Farragher

While living in Thailand, Jacinta discovered that snippets of verse popped into her brain every time she had a massage. She started having massages twice

Jacinta Froud

Jacinta Froud

Jacinta Froud has been writing stories and poems since she was knee high to a grasshopper. That’s old people speak for kind of tiny. She

Jan Latta

Jan Latta

Jan Latta is an author, wildlife photographer and self publisher. She creates her True to Life books and videosin Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda, China

Jan Sinclair Braham

Jan Sinclair Braham

Jan Sinclair Braham lives in Shepparton. She writes stories for children and adults and has an interest in non-fiction and writing about history. Jan’s focus

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

Jaqui Halliday

Jaqui Halliday

Jaqui writes for young children. She loves writing picture books and early chapter books. Her ideas and topics come from her own family life, friendships,

Jarryd Clancy

Jarryd Clancy

It all started when Jarryd was in year 2. Jarryd was always behind in his class and because of this, he just couldn’t get into

Jayne Johnson

Jayne Johnson

Jayne Johnson is a mum to two gorgeous girls and believes that all rainbows end in a pot of gold. Having worked in the fashion

Jaz Stutley

Jaz Stutley

Jaz Stutley attained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in writing and literature, a Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature, and an Associate Diploma of Editing. She

Jeanette Pearson

Jeanette Pearson

Jeanette Pearson lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is a wife and a mother of three adult children. She loves to write, draw, and paint and

Jeffery E Doherty

Jeffery E Doherty

Jeffery E Doherty is a children’s author, illustrator, cover artist and book reviewer. His books include Paper Magic, the Guardians of St. Giles middle grade

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

JoJo Leslie

JoJo Leslie

JoJo Leslie loves the creative process. She is an aspiring Children’s book author, but when she isn’t writing picture books, you will find her strumming

Jonathan Gould

Jonathan Gould

I never deliberately set out to be funny. For a while, I actually tried to be serious, but that only made people laugh more. So

Jude Mullen

Jude Mullen

Reading and writing are my extra appendages. I write for children firstly, to delight them, and secondly to help them to understand themselves and their

K.L. Hughes

K.L. Hughes

K.L. Hughes loves Middle Grade Fiction! She loves writing for a maturing readership that is still young at heart. She loves the rich diversity of

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

Karen Kepert

Karen Kepert

I have always loved to read.  I remember reading Enid Blyton books to my sister at bedtime.  I enjoy reading to my granddaughters, aged 3

Kate Crosato

Kate Crosato

Kate Crosato lives in regional NSW and is currently studying a Bachelor in English, Children’s Literature and History.   She is a part time librarian, part

Kate McCaffrey

Kate McCaffrey

My love for reading began as a child. Mostly it was our mother Margaret who would read out aloud to us before bed for every

Kate O'Neil

Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil loves words, especially the way they get together in poems. She taught Speech and Drama for several years at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

Katie Flannigan

Katie Flannigan

Katie Flannigan is an emerging author/illustrator. A lover of picture books Katie has long harboured a dream to create them. Her illustrations have been described

Kellie Nissen

Kellie Nissen

As a primary school student, I wrote and wrote and wrote. Long stories that went on for pages and pages. I ‘published’ them with a

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald

Kelly Clark ( also writing under Kelly McDonald) is a real life fairy. For 30 years she has been spreading magic, joy, stories and a

Kerry Gittins

Kerry Gittins

Kerry Gittins is a writer, musician, traveler and teacher librarian from Newcastle, Australia. She has a Masters in Education and is a member of the

Kiralee Strong

Kiralee Strong

Kiralee is a lover of words and silliness, and she has found a lot of enjoyment in combining the two to write engaging and heart

Kristin Darell

Kristin Darell

Kristin Darell is a writing all-rounder. For more than 25 years she shared true stories as a broadcast journalist for the Seven Network and Australian

Kym Langfield

Kym Langfield

Kym Langfield is an author, illustrator and primary teacher. Her written titles include: “Teddy Town” (The Book Company, 2014), “Oscar’s Magic Beanie” (Once Upon a

Larissa Collins

Larissa Collins

I am a clinical psychologist who has worked with children for over 25 years in mental health, child protection and school settings. I currently work

Larissa Dufty

Larissa Dufty

Larissa Dufty (writing as Larissa Dee) Larissa is an aspiring Children’s book author who is passionate about children’s literature. She loves to awaken the imagination

Lesley Reed

Lesley Reed

There are two creative endeavours in Lesley’s life: theatre and writing. Writing came first, yet in terms of actioning as an adult, came second for

Linda Lovegrove

Linda Lovegrove

Linda is an emerging author of children’s picture books. As an Early Childhood Education Consultant, she currently writes journal articles and develops teacher resources emerging

Linda Swadling

Linda Swadling

Linda Swadling has had a passion for writing since she was a child. She wrote and illustrated her first children’s book about a horse who

Lindsay Holliday

Lindsay Holliday

After an all-consuming worldwide legal career in the media and entertainment industry, Lindsay Holliday has channelled her passion for storytelling in writing for Middle-Grade readers.

Louis Decrevel

Louis Decrevel

Writer/Illustrator Louis Decrevel (pronounced Louie Decra-vel), lives on a farm in the beautiful Inman Valley, South Australia, where he and his wife homeschool their nine hilarious kids. He is the 2021

Louise Jones

Louise Jones

Even though I have not slept a full night for 6 years, having two young children with tiny attention spans is great for an aspiring

Lyndy Lou

Lyndy Lou

In the hot, humid rainforests of Queensland you’ll find Lyndy Lou sitting in the shade of a mango tree sipping pineapple juice. Surrounded by five

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

Marg Briese

Marg Briese

Marg has always been a storyteller. As a photographer, she captures the stories of others. As a writer, she creates children’s stories full of nonsense

Margaret Bennett-Hall

Margaret Bennett-Hall

I am a musician and singer/songwriter. I play piano, flute and piano accordion and have gigged locally and internationally with other musicians from duos to

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

Mark Mathieson

Mark Mathieson

I am a language teacher by trade but writing and music are my passions. At a young age I developed a love for the sound,

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

Megan Carige

Megan Carige

Megan spent her earlier childhood growing up in Fiji before her family moved to live in Toowoomba (a smallish town in Queensland). She has spent

Megan Higginson

Megan Higginson

Megan is a Latrobe Valley based author and illustrator who is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write while exploring their imagination, even if

Melissa Wray

Melissa Wray

Melissa lives on the Bellarine Peninsula with her husband and two children and enjoys walks along the beach. She has always loved reading and grew up near

Michelle Wanasundera

Michelle Wanasundera

Michelle is a children’s book author, passionate about nature, family, and of course, storytelling. Living in the Blue Mountains inspires her writing, as does being

Millie Lewis

Millie Lewis

Millie Lewis lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and two babies (one fur-baby, one regular). She rediscovered her long-dormant love of writing while on

Miranda Hackwill

Miranda Hackwill

Miranda Hackwill lives in South East Queensland with her husband and their four children. Her writing and illustrations draw on her unique background of landscape

Nell Cooper

Nell Cooper

Nell has a passion for words, and a love of exotic locations. She is a storyteller, teacher and `international woman of mystery.’ She has moved

Norah Colvin

Norah Colvin

As a young child, Norah Colvin dreamed of being a famous author and practised every chance she got. As a young adult, she aspired to

Pat Grafton

Pat Grafton

Pat is an aspiring children’s book writer.  As a retired teacher and primary school administrator, she has a deep interest in literacy learning and the

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

Paul Kirtley

Paul Kirtley

Paul grew up in the English Buckinghamshire countryside and also spent time living on the south coast and in London. He moved to Sydney in

Paula Stevenson

Paula Stevenson

Many of my children’s stories are inspired by my rural life in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW. I have been published in four anthologies

Penelope Lau

Penelope Lau

Penelope Lau is an author and illustrator who lives in Melbourne. She has a background in stem cell research and is a mother of two

Prasha Sooful

Prasha Sooful

Prasha is a Mum, Audiologist and Educator; a Master’s degree in Communication Pathology (Audiology) and a Master’s degree in Education (Global Learning). She writes humorous

Raema Sterjovski

Raema Sterjovski

The world is full of wonder. This idea inspires Raema most when writing heartfelt picture books full of emotion, curiosity and wonder. She escapes into

Rebecca McCormack

Rebecca McCormack

Rebecca is an avid storyteller, working across galleries and film festivals spaces, and appreciates the power stories have to move people. She is always coming

Rhonda Ooi

Rhonda Ooi

Rhonda Ooi is an emerging children’s author and primary school teacher with an interest and specialist qualification in Gifted Education. She has completed both Writing

Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio is an award-winning author of children’s picture books, based in Sydney. Many of his picture books have been translated into other languages such

Rory H. Mather

Rory H. Mather

Rory H. Mather is an award-winning author…well he has won awards – mostly for gym stuff – and he is also an author. Either way

Rosemary Argue

Rosemary Argue

I am an emerging author and write Australian historical fiction, both short stories and novels. My work develops out of the places I visit and

Sal Gallaher

Sal Gallaher

Sal works as a planner during the day, but dreams up stories at night. She has always had a powerful love of storytelling right back

Sandra Bennett

Sandra Bennett

Sandra Bennett is the author of the thrilling middle-grade Adamson Adventure Series. Book One, Secrets Hidden Below, was Shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Book of

Sandy Flett

Sandy Flett

Sandy is a published illustrator of several middle grade fiction books and is a writer of quirky stories. As a little girl, Sandy spent a

Sharara Attai

Sharara Attai

When Sharara was ten, a friend handed her a Baby-Sitters Club book and suggested that she read it. Sharara was very reluctant. She had never

Sharna Carter

Sharna Carter

Sharna Carter is a children’s author who loves to write and perform for kids. Her greatest performance so far is the happy dance she did

Sharon Boyce

Sharon Boyce

Sharon grew up surrounded by books and dreamed that one day she would be an author. She won her first writing competition when she was

Shaye Wardrop

Shaye Wardrop

Shaye Wardrop writes for kids who love the fantastical. We’re talking cool creatures, fantasylands, superpowers and everything in between. With a passion for dreaming up

Sheila Knaggs

Sheila Knaggs

Sheila is an aspiring children’s author who lives on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, with her husband and four grown children. Born in Liverpool,

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

Susan Hili

Susan Hili

Susan Hili lives with her husband (Tony) and their blue healer (Jess) in the Blue Mountains. Her adventurous mind and quirky imagination began as a

Susan Pugh-Rankin

Susan Pugh-Rankin

Susan is a former language and science teacher who has developed a passion for writing stories from an animal’s point of view. She hopes not only

Susea Spray

Susea Spray

Susea Spray and her husband don’t have a brick – and – mortar house. Instead, their homes are two old ocean – going sailing boats.

Suzi Faed

Suzi Faed

Suzi Faed completed a Bachelor of Arts in Writing. She is also a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and taught pre-primary before the birth of her

Toni D’Alia

Toni D’Alia

Toni D’Alia is an author of heartwarming books for children. She writes picture books and junior fiction that inspire, educate, empower, and entertain. With a

Trish Donald

Trish Donald

Trish Donald is an emerging author/illustrator of children’s picture books and short stories. Her illustration style blends various mediums such as pen, paint, and photographs

Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller is a secondary teacher and a writer. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and daughter, after moving from Sydney. She has

Vaughan Duck

Vaughan Duck

Vaughan Duck is an illustrator who loves creating quirky illustrations for children. His career began while still studying at university when his reinterpretation of the

Viv Young

Viv Young

Viv has a background in education and research (Ancient History) but her first love is writing. Since becoming a parent, Viv has focused increasingly on writing

Wendy Cheek

Wendy Cheek

Hi! I’m Wendy and I’m a writer currently living in stunning Lake Macquarie. I have worked in the education sector with children for many years

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

Yalda Adel

Yalda Adel

Being very curious about the world around her, Yalda worked as a medical scientist in a laboratory before having her two girls and staying home

Zoe Gaetjens

Zoe Gaetjens

Zoe is a high school teacher who loves stories of all kinds. She writes picture books and junior fiction. Zoe lives on the NSW South

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

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