Kellie Byrnes is a children’s author, full-time freelance writer, and book reviewer. Her debut picture book, The Cloud Conductor, was released by Wombat Books in 2018.
Kellie has a BA degree in Literature; over five years of experience copywriting; and has spent time in marketing, PR and publishing roles. She previously worked as a publishing assistant for Pan Macmillan, and as a sales rep for Pan and later Hardie Grant Gift (Taltrade Books at the time).
Kellie has written copy for companies in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and the UK, and her ghost-written work has been featured on sites such as Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Inc., Forbes, Gumtree and Seek. She has created content for firms such as Optus, St. George Bank, Fiji Airways, Mortgage Choice, Sheridan, Bridgestone, Spirit of Tasmania, Expedia and Stuck on You. She was hired to create a children's book as part of a marketing campaign for the launch of a food product for kids; and has written a number of scripts for the first season of a children's television program currently in development.
Kellie is a member of SCBWI and the Queensland Writer's Centre, and has attended numerous conferences, workshops, webinars and talks in the last two years to stay abreast of current trends and developments in children's publishing. She also writes monthly reviews of children's books for Just Write for Kids. When she's not busy writing, reading or coming up with new ideas, Kellie can be found walking her two dogs, checking out movies, plays and musicals, or travelling as far and wide as she can for inspiration.