There’s something you should know about me and that is I like to talk about my books, but I don’t enjoy talking about myself.
I started writing children’s stories about five years ago but I’ve always enjoyed writing, even way back in high school.
It wasn’t until I left fulltime work in 2007, to become a stay-at-home dad, that I began to take writing more seriously. I had a great excuse to spend hours in the children’s section of bookstores. The love of reading books made it all the more easier for me to delve into the world of picture book writing. Also, having my own children helped as well. All I had to do was to observe them and the ideas started rolling in.
I enjoy writing stories and sharing my passion with children of all ages. All I want is for my stories to be read, like all aspiring and emerging writers, and to inspire and educate children. If I can change one child through my writing, then I’ve fulfilled my calling.
I love to read and I’m a self-confessed hoarder of books, especially children’s books.
Question 1: What is your favourite part about being an author?
I consider myself a storyteller because I love to spin a good yarn! All I want to do is to share my stories with children. As an author, I want to inspire, encourage and challenge children to dream big and to believe in themselves.
Question 2: What is the hardest part about being an author?
Finding a publisher who wants to publish my stories.
Question 3: What do you do for fun?
I love spending time with my children, who are an endless source of humour and inspiration. Together, we enjoy watching movies and eating popcorn.
Question 4: What was your favourite children’s book when you were a kid?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And now it’s one of my children’s favourite, along with their daddy’s books, of course! Also, I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is my favourite. And the Harry Potter series.
Question 5: What is your favourite children’s book now?
Lost and Found. I love all of Oliver Jeffers picture books. He is, in my mind, the master of picture books.
Question 6: Have you met anyone even more famous than you that was exciting?
Bryan Adams – singer turned photographer. It was when I was working as a Photo Editor for a magazine publishing company. Bryan Adams submitted to me a photo shoot of Kate Moss for our consideration for publication. I loved the photo shoot and accepted Bryan’s work for publication. When Bryan Adams was on tour here in Australia, he called me and asked if I would like to have lunch with him at Circular Quay in Sydney as a thank you for publishing his work. I didn’t need too much convincing. I asked my editor to join us. It was an amazing experience and NO he doesn’t have a husky voice. Bryan Adams was so down to earth and easy to talk to. Overall, Bryan Adams was a really nice guy!
Question 7: What writing genre do you like to do the most?
Picture Books. I love picture books and the way they express emotions and ideas in simple ways.
Question 8: What book are you reading right now?
The Twilight series. I always love a good book I can sink my teeth into. Yes, I’ve seen all the movies but I’ve never read the books.