I was born in Edmonton, Canada, but grew up in various places in France, Canada and Colorado. While
studying Occupational Therapy in London, I met an Australian farmer. We married, moved to Australia and had a son and daughter.We farmed for twenty years but now have five acres of bush which is a home for wildlife.
I started writing seriously in 1986. My first picture book Amanda's Dinosaur, won an Ashton Scholastic competition for an unpublished picture book text. In 1991 I had a serious car accident: Peeling the Onion is partly based on this accident and my recovery from it.
After the excitement of my first book, publishing highlights have been:
Leaving it to You being shortlisted for the CBCA awards, junior readers, in 1993.
Ark in the Park winning the CBCA Book of the Year, junior readers, in 1995.
Peeling the Onion receiving a wonderful reception in Australia and internationally, with awards including the CBCA Honour Book, older readers, in 1997, and an American Library Association Book for older readers.
Nim’s Island becoming a Hollywood feature film starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler.
Member since 2004
Region: Australia East/New Zealand
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