CKT's Emerging Authors

Allison Howard

Allison Howard

Allison Howard has been a practicing artist since 1995. Completing her Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Box Hill TAFE, then continuing academically by graduating from her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008 at the Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. Most recently Allison has graduated from Her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Monash University where she obtained the honour of best Thesis of 2011.

Allison Marlow Paterson

Allison Marlow Paterson

Allison is the author of Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front,  a moving account of the experience of her ancestors during WWI, a story based on the 500 letters written by her grandfather and his four brothers from the battlefields of Europe. Anzac Sons  has been longlisted in the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards.

Aly Marston

Aly Marston

My name is Aly Marston. I live in Perth, Western Australia and have had a love of stories since my grade 3 teacher first read our class “The Witches” by Roald Dahl….I’ve been totally hooked ever since. I also love to write and in fact, I am totally bonkers over the written word!

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 with the utmost pleasure. I am the go-to person in the office when that formal email needs to be done, when a diplomatic response is required, when copy needs to adorn artwork or a media release must feature all the benefits in a readable format. I pride myself on this!

Artelle Lenthall

Artelle Lenthall

Yes, I am another one. It seems that in all of my research, blog searching and courses undertaken to learn about and improve my writing, I have come across so many of us. Strangely enough this is encouraging and daunting at the same time. Hello, my name is Artelle Lenthall and I am a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. Like so many before me, I am also (mixed feelings of discomfort and pride here) an emerging author.

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband Ross, two daughters, Maddy and Aijay, and her spoilt Labradors Stitch and Chewie.

Her girls inspire her every day to write children’s books. Stitch, Chewie and her previous dog - Obi often provide the material.

Bernadette Smallwood

Bernadette Smallwood

My name is Bernadette Smallwood and I am delighted to be able to make available a sample of my writing via the Creative Kids Tales website.

I am community and family focussed and like to write fiction and poetry. I have an interest in creating modern tales for children and in 2011 I became a member of the Western Union Writers.

Bronwen Webb

Bronwen Webb

Bronwen Webb lives in Adelaide, South Australia and recently retired after a long career in the health and higher education industries.

Brydie Wright

Brydie Wright

Brydie Wright is a working mother, wife and budding children's author, embarking on her first self-publishing project.

Three years ago a little boy came into her world and turned an otherwise ordered life on its head. Having taught her to expect the unexpected, her son sparked an imagination that had long lain dormant.

Carole Lander

Carole Lander

Carole studied writing and editing at RMIT Melbourne after a long career in the education sector. She discovered her flair for writing for children when a her short story Mimi’s Gift  was bought and published by Ziptales (educational website in Australia and UK). Two of her stories are published in the Short Tales for Kids AnthologiesA Present from Paris (anthology 1) and Another World (anthology 2).

Caroline Tuohey

Caroline Tuohey

Caroline Tuohey grew up in a family where reading was very important and books were a constant companion. She always enjoyed writing and completed a correspondence course in creative writing after she finished university.

Cheryle Player

Cheryle Player

Award Winning Entrepreneur Cheryl Lee Player writes fun filled adventures for kids 8-10 years, and Short stories for adults.

Daniel Corcoran

Daniel Corcoran

Originating from Perth in Western Australia but now based in Melbourne, Daniel continues a successful career as an author, designer and illustrator but his lifelong passion has always been cartooning.

Davey Tross

Davey Tross

“What’s toothpaste made of?”, “The moon is following me!”, “What’s bigger than infinity?”, “My shadow keeps copying me!”

Just some of the brilliant questions and observations made by children everyday which could easily be titles for the perfect Picture Book.

David R Lewis

David R Lewis

If you are reading this, we have two magic wonders in common: reading and writing.

Both spark imagination, adventure and discovery.

Debby Cameron

Debby Cameron

Grandmother of four who call me Nonnie, mother of two who call me Mom, and wife of one who calls me Babe, I have recently retired and moved to the Gold Coast from the U.S.A. with my Australian husband, black Lab, and tabby cat. I have applied for residency and, once eligible, will apply to become a citizen. I will, however, carry my accent with me to the grave.

Debra Tidball

Debra Tidball

Debra writes stories that speak into the lives of children. As a social worker, parent and author she understands the power of narrative to resonate with children and parents alike.

Her first picture book, When I see Grandma  was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2014, won the children’s book category of the CALEB award 2014, received a seal of approval from Children’s Literary Classics, and has attracted phenomenal reviews.

Eileen Magee

Eileen Magee

Eileen Magee is rather devoted to tea and chocolate—and her dogs.

More inclined to be outside than in, poses somewhat of a contradiction to her persistent inclination to write. It does however, provide enormous inspiration.

Elaine Ouston

Elaine Ouston

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. Through Gondor Writers' Centre she offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing, including manuscript appraisals and edits and writing workshops. She organises literary festivals for Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs.

Elizabeth Cummings

Elizabeth Cummings

Formally a primary school teacher from UK, I now live in Sydney writing for children and adults alike. My works often take a child’s perspective to explain the world and to reflect on important life experiences.

Elizabeth Paterson

Elizabeth Paterson

Elizabeth Paterson is a stay at home mother of two children from the Blue Mountains, Australia.

In April 2015, Elizabeth’s short story Grandpa’s Attic  was selected for online publication on the www.kids-bookreview.com literary hub competition.

Geoff Richards

Geoff Richards

My name is Geoff Richards, I live on the Northern Beaches, with my wife and our two year old daughter.

I have always admired the art of writing and recently I took the first step by completing a creative writing course, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Georgie Donaghey

Georgie Donaghey

Georgie Donaghey discovered her love for creative writing at the age of seven. Apart from the colourful tales she would entertain her classmates and peers with, Georgie entered and won her first competition. Although her hand written award from the Sun Herald Junior writing competition is now faded and the poem she submitted a distant memory, her passion for writing developed into an obsession.

Gerry Couzens

Gerry Couzens

My working life has been in engineering as an industrial designer, in many different fields of engineering. I am married with children, grand-children and a great-grandson.

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Throughout my life, growing up in Melbourne and maturing in Brisbane, I have always loved writing. Anything from serious letters to silly short stories as well as journals, reviews and idle jottings on shopper dockets. When my daughter was young, she discovered I could invent stories and give dialogue to inanimate objects.

Hayley Hunkin

Hayley Hunkin

I have a degree in communication (print journalism) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and more than 20 years’ experience in writing in various fields.

After becoming a mother for the first time in 2013, I discovered a joy in reading a wide variety of children’s books to my son. I found delight in children’s books where the words were as carefully crafted as the imaginative illustrations.

Holly Bidwell

Holly Bidwell

 Holly is a storyteller who loves making children laugh. She is a member of the ACT Writers Centre, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and is an accredited member of the ACT Storytellers Guild.

Jackie Randall

Jackie Randall

Jackie Randall was born in England in 1962 and has lived in various towns and cities across Australia since she was four years old.

Over the years, Jackie has raised a family, worked for a printing company and for two radio stations, and is now a proofreader.

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Jacqueline is an Australian author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her love of travel started at age three on moving from Sri Lanka to Australia with her parents. Having family sprinkled around the world; she has lived, worked and been on many adventures overseas. Her infatuation with the vibrancy found in each culture led her to complete a degree in the social sciences, undertake a Masters in International Development and work in international affairs.

Jan Latta

Jan Latta

Jan Latta - author and wildlife photographer

In 1994 Jan came face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda and the experience changed her life. When her guide said there were fewer than 600 mountain gorillas left in the wild, she wanted to do something to help. She decided to publish books for children on endangered animals. But first she became a wildlife photographer so she could tell the animal's stories in pictures as well as words.

Jaz Stutley

Jaz Stutley

Jaz Stutley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Literature and Writing; an Associate Diploma of Editing; and a Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature. (Deakin University.)

She is the author of more than fifty texts published by educational publishers of children’s books: short fiction, (fantasy and realism), non-fiction, poetry, songs and digital text.

Jeffery E Doherty

Jeffery E Doherty

I make up stuff, I’m arty and I’m a bit of a nerd.

I love telling stories. One of those stories starts with "No, when I was in the Wiggles they already had a Jeff so I had to use my middle name..." Whole bunches of kids at the school where I work believe I was once Eddie the Evil Wiggle.

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 an English as a Second Language teacher, visiting 5 different state schools where I give specialist support to a whole bunch of gorgeous kids from all over the world, who now call the Gold Coast home.

Joan E Derrick

Joan E Derrick

Joan E Derrick is the author of children's spiritual stories - The Spiritual Heritage for Children Series.

The Spirit Guides and Angels in her stories bring awareness to children of their intuition, body language and the aura or energy field surrounding them and others.

Judith Barker

Judith Barker

When I finished reading the book ‘Tracks,’ a 1970’s memoir about Robyn Davidson’s inspirational and courageous journey, across the Australian Desert with four, Afghan camels and her beloved dog, Diggity - I knew, I had a story to tell…

Judith Green

Judith Green

Judith A Green is a daughter of the land, growing up on a wheat and sheep property in western Victoria. Her family often joked she was born with a book in her hand. The magic of words, first through the written word and then through her own writing has always been an integral part of her life.

Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne Grasso is an independent author with a background in paediatric nursing. She spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain and encourage them. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little girl Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai tea, chasing a toddler and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.

June Perkins

June Perkins

I’m June Perkins, a creative writer for children and adults, in Brisbane, Queensland. I have two middles names after my grandmothers, Paisa (from Papua New Guinea) Kathleen (from England.)

I am passionate about poetry, music, stories, environment, and art, which reflect multiculturalism, I equally adore stories, reading, writing, digital storytelling, video, song writing and photography. I’ve done some photo and text exhibitions and plan to create more.

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 a writer.

I have been a teacher for over twenty years and have always used children’s picture books as a core part of my literacy teaching. A long held goal is to write picture books and become a creator of story magic.

Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil

Kate O’Neil loves words and, in particular, the way they get together in poems. She has taught Speech and Drama for several years at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and believes that the memorising and performing of poetry has immeasurable benefits for children.

Katrina McKelvey

Katrina McKelvey

Katrina McKelvey was raised in the Hunter Valley in NSW. While growing up, she helped her parents run the family business. She also worked at the local supermarket.

In 1993, Katrina moved to Newcastle to complete a Bachelor of Education (Primary). While completing her degree, she worked as a waitress, jewellery sales assistant and vacation care worker.

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald has been writing since she was in primary school. It was always her dream (and still is) to have her own stories published someday. After moving overseas for three years, she had the opportunity to sit down, learn her craft and develop her skills to a higher level. In 2011 She was ecstatic to come third in the CYA illustrators contest, and then was absolutely thrilled to come first in the same category in 2012.

In recent years she has begun to utilise her art to illustrate some of her own stories which she has been selling as personalised books. Her art work can also be found on a number of book jackets.

Kris Sheather

Kris Sheather

Kris is an author/illustrator, graphic designer, digital artist, and small business manager. She has been an active member of her writing community for the last ten years and is on the steering committee for WriteFest, Bundaberg’s annual writer’s festival. She is also a past treasurer of the Bundaberg Writer’s Club and volunteer for prep aged literacy groups.

Lesley Reed

Lesley Reed

As well as successfully completing a course in writing children’s stories through Adelaide TAFE: Centre for The Arts, Lesley Reed has published a children’s novel, several children’s short stories and published one or two stories for adults too.

Lynelle Kendall

Lynelle Kendall

Lynelle Kendall is a poet and storyteller. She never goes anywhere without her notebook and pen, so the ideas spinning around her head often manage to escape onto paper.

Lynelle believes that children are the best judges when it comes to stories, and if they find one they love they will want to read it over and over again. That’s the kind of story she aspires to write.

Lynette Duffy

Lynette Duffy

In my early years I was one of those passionate children who could read almost from the first time I picked up a book. I was horrible at maths though which is usually the case. I would hanker for any time I might get free, so I could read.

Mark Lancaster

Mark Lancaster

Mark Lancaster is a Christian, parent, survivor, martial artist, scuba diver, author and outdoor enthusiast.

Mark is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Children's Book Council of Australia.

Martine Miller

Martine Miller

My name is Martine Miller I live on a farm on the beautiful NSW mid coast with my partner and 2 wonderful children aged 3 and 1.

I have always had a passion for writing and have quite a few projects I have done over the years, from children's novels to an array of picture books.

Matthew Shallvey

Matthew Shallvey

Having taken a left turn instead of a right and spent the last 25 years working in the telecommunications industry, Matthew Shallvey from Sydney Northern beaches has taken the long way around with finally getting his act together and writing a book. Four books in fact. Inspired by a very busy 7 and 4 year old, Matthew has taken the day to day experiences, challenges and adventures of bringing up a young family and turned them into 4 children’s picture books.

Megan Higginson

Megan Higginson

Megan Higginson writes her stories for children, and her blogs in a small house surrounded by open cut coal mines and power stations in Gippsland, Victoria. The world inspires Megan; interesting people, animals, history, and science. She loves pinning her thoughts and observations in her notebook which is never far away from her person.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

I’m into a lot of things – music, writing, teaching, reading and spending time with my wife, Robyn. That list isn’t necessarily in order of priority because grandkids take up a bit of my time as well.

Michele Furlong-Olsen

Michele Furlong-Olsen

Michele loved creative writing as a child, but as an adult has only recently begun writing and illustrating for kids. Michele works in higher education teaching counselling and psychology.

Michelle Wanasundera

Michelle Wanasundera

My name is Michelle, and I'm happily living in the Blue Mountains with my little family, after tree-change from the city. 

I adore books and have been known to be slightly intoxicated by bookshops need to stop myself from sniffing them all!

Nat Petrohelos

Nat Petrohelos

Nat has always worked with words, moulding them into shape; first for a serious career in Journalism and later for a serious career as an English teacher. When she became a mother, she discovered the world of writing for children and found a passion in the playfulness of words.

Nicola Thomas

Nicola Thomas

So here I am an ex-art and design teacher, a graphic designer and stay at home mum. Facebook posting about hilarious mishaps and awkward social misunderstandings. Everyone is saying to me “you should really write all this down” to which I respond “Seriously? I can’t be a writer, hell I don’t particularly like reading”.

Pam Moodie

Pam Moodie

My name is Pam Moodie. My husband and I live as empty-nesters, on the sunny mid-north coast of NSW. I am a retired primary school teacher and I have spent my teaching life wanting to write stories just like the ones I would read to my students. Now that I have the time, I am embarking on this adventure that I have desired for many years. I want to captivate the hearts and minds of young children, and show them the joy of all the wonderful places that the written word can take them.

Pamela Ueckerman

Pamela Ueckerman

Pamela Ueckerman was born in England and began writing and illustrating silly stories from an early age.  As a child, she was as much in love with Avonlea, Middle Earth and Narnia as she was with the limerick brilliance of Spike Milligan.

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 living on the beautiful south coast of NSW.

Paula Stevenson

Paula Stevenson

I live in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW on a cattle property where we breed Wagyu cattle. I am a voracious reader and I also write every day, as I am blessed with space and peace in an inspiring landscape, enclosed in a soft valley circled by violet mountain ranges.

R.E.C. Pearson

R.E.C. Pearson

R.E.C. Pearson is a Brisbane local with a passion for writing and visual arts in all forms. He regularly paints, writes and creates digital art on a range of subject matter. He also has a keen interest in the importance of social media and its current impact on the community. He has completed studies in a course of Animation and Special Effects, along with a Bachelor of Business from the Gardens Point based, Queensland University of Technology.

Rachel Barnett

Rachel Barnett

Rachel Barnett is an author and illustrator and teacher and also the operator of Holus Bolus Books. She has been writing and drawing all of her life... or most of it anyway.

Rachel Keyes

Rachel Keyes

Rachel is an Early Childhood teacher and mother of two who is passionate about reading to children from birth and loves snuggling up with her daughters, looking at picture books. She enjoys writing short stories, poems and children’s stories, watching the tennis and scrapbooking. Inspirations for her stories evolve from her daughters’ thoughts, feelings and experiences, problems they encounter and the adorable things they say and do.

Rebecca Colless

Rebecca Colless

For more than twenty years, I have been paid to write educational and promotional materials, in a variety of media, for a wide range of audiences. I have three published non-fiction books for children. Recently, I started writing fiction for children and teenagers.

I have won several awards for various unpublished picture book manuscripts for 4 to 10 year olds. Tania McCartney of Kids’ Book Review described my story Bollinger’s Banquet (the first in a growing series) as ‘creative and engaging, achingly clever and entertaining.’

Renee Price

Renee Price

Renee Price is a children's author and song-writer from Newcastle, New South Wales. She began writing in 2010 after teaching in early childhood and primary school settings for eight years.

In 2012, Renee held the role of Editorial Coordinator at Newcastle’s Child  magazine, working within various aspects of the publishing industry, including reviews of children’s books and music, and composing articles for the publication.

Richard Whitlow

Richard Whitlow

I love my native plant garden, creating it and nurturing it has taken several years - it is an ongoing source of activity and pleasure. It has also taken me down the pathway into creative writing with what has become the Tales About Gardens series.

Sandra Bennett

Sandra Bennett

Mother of three boys, retired Primary School teacher Sandra Bennett appreciates the struggle of teaching reading to reluctant readers and understands the importance of hooking readers from an early age. Increasing literacy in our children has become her passion.

Sandra Severgnini

Sandra Severgnini

I was the hard working owner of an art gallery and retail store in Melbourne for a decade before I finally decided it was well and truly time to stop looking after other creative people and nurture my own lifetime passion, to write and illustrate children’s books.

Sarah Reeves

Sarah Reeves

Sarah Reeves was born in England in 1961, and moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2003. She is a mother of five, a wife and works part-time in a healthcare related setting. Whilst Sarah’s qualifications and most of her working life have been spent in nursing related settings, in 1995 Sarah and a colleague set up a nursery (Kinder) class in their children’s school.

Sharon Boyce

Sharon Boyce

Hi, my name is Sharon Boyce. I have always loved to read and lose myself in faraway lands and magical places, sharing in the adventures of the characters. Creative writing was my favourite part of English at school and it was my Year 8 English teacher who suggested I become a writer.

Shaye Wardrop

Shaye Wardrop

Shaye Wardrop is a space alien from a far away planet. While searching for moon moose, she stepped through a portal and landed in the forgotten capital of a vast red land.

And though the strange land had no moon moose (or intergalactic travel so she could find them), Shaye decided to stay. She lives there now in a house with a blue roof, where she writes fantastical flavoured stories for kids.

Siobhan Osborne

Siobhan Osborne

Currently based in Adelaide, SA, I wrote and illustrated my first picture book in primary school – a magical fantasy inspired by a holiday to Melbourne. Since then I have tried writing different genres, initially producing a manuscript for a novel targeted at young adults, before discovering a love of writing for children.

Sonia Hardie

Sonia Hardie

Sonia placed 3rd, 5th and 6th in the Australian Songwriters Association Awards 2016 for 3 of her children’s songs taken from her 3rd album under YellowKat Productions. She is also a credited scriptwriter for very young children’s television. She has performed on stage and with puppets in The YellowKat Show both on stage and screen for the past 7 years.

Summer Gwynne

Summer Gwynne

Introducing myself…

When I was little, I wanted to have six children.

I also always knew I wanted to be a nurse. Actually, I think I considered myself a born nurse. There was no decision to be made, I always knew who I was.

I also wanted to be the next Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa and Princess Diana too! Never mind that now!

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 moving on to high school yet not at the required reading level.

With her stories content largely gross but hilarious, the series is striking a chord with many young readers and interestingly with many of the parents and grandparents that just need a good old laugh.

Susan Hili

Susan Hili

Susan Hili lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains. She is semi-retired and has time now to explore her passion; writing children’s stories – inspired by her two granddaughters.

Suzanne Faed

Suzanne Faed

My name is Suzanne Faed, but I prefer to be called Suzi. I am a qualified teacher, wife, and full-time mother to an energetic and book-loving toddler. I am also the author of the upcoming picture book, My Daddy is Different, which will be released through Empowering Resources mid-way through this year.

Tabitha Page

Tabitha Page

Tabitha Page is an emerging writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She left her home country of New Zealand for a land full of new opportunities and new challenges and she found just that, in bucketsful.

A trained childcare professional, she holds a certificate in Child Psychology, a certificate and diploma in Children’s Services and has many years of childcare experience.

Tara Wells

Tara Wells

Tara Wells is a juggler of the creative kind: mother of three young boys, and business owner with her husband.

Tara is currently writing a series of guides to walking in Sydney's national parks, with a grant from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Vandan McKenzie

Vandan McKenzie

Vandan McKenzie, - real first name Proctor - has lived most of his life in the Aussie bush. He now frequents Blackman’s Bay in Tassie.

As a kid he cajoled his friends into taking part in the adventures he would make up on the spot as they were playing; [usually they enjoyed them?]

Zoe Gaetjens

Zoe Gaetjens

Zoe loves the way the written word can engage, inspire, and enlighten. Despite her career teaching English to high school students she believes she never really met her match until becoming a mother of three. Her cheeky children bring her joy, inspiration and much frustration. She is often found wrangling her kids at the local library. Here she borrows bunches of picture books, to read herself as well as to her littlies.

Zoya Nojin

Zoya Nojin

Zoya is a medical scientist with a passion for writing children’s stories.

She has won an ASA Mentorship with the lovely Nette Hilton, two Nairda Lyne Awards, Stringybark Flash Fiction Award, Gold Coast Writers’, Spooky But True – Warrambucca Books, KBR Unpublished Picture Book Award, a Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Award and shortlisted for the Charlotte Duncan Award. In 2014, she won the CBCA’s Charlotte Waring Barton Award with Random House and was mentored for a middle-grade novel by JC Burke as part of the prize.

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  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' - www.maisyfun.com

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015
    www.jackiefrench.com

    Jackie French
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'
    georgeivanoff.com.au

    George Ivanoff
  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'
    www.tristanbancks.com

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger: www.creativekidstales.com.au
    Well done, CKT team!' - janeenbrian.com

    Janeen Brian
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). - www.terrydenton.com

    Terry Denton
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'
    www.meredithcostain.com

    Meredith Costain
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.
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    Ursula Dubosarsky