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.
Writing stories down for others to read and enjoy is one of the most special thing anyone can hope to do. My first book, "Paper Magic" was released in 2013 and I have a new book, "Olivia Stone and the Trouble With Trixies" scheduled for release in late 2015. It is the first in a series about a young girl and a grotesque protecting the city from the monsters.
Drawing and painting come a close second. I have been an artist for a long time but I have recently started doing cover art and children’s book illustrations. You might think being an artist and illustrator is basically the same thing but it’s not. Illustrating, like writing is all about telling a story. I have been lucky enough to find a publisher who allowed me to create the illustrations and design the cover art for my book, Paper Magic. Usually the writer gets very little say in a books artwork. I am currently illustrating a collection of children's bedtime stories titles "The Adventures of Teddy and Karl"
I love reading books, especially children’s books. I dress-up any chance I get, sometimes as a medieval soldier, Scoobie Doo or Doctor Who (the Tom Baker one, mainly because have a large, somewhat bent Tom Bakerish nose). I tell really bad Dad jokes and I’m often an embarrassment to my children. I live in Bathurst with my Mad-Cat-Lady wife and seven and a half cats. Unfortunately I have to spend a lot of time pretending to be grown-up so I won’t get sacked from my non-writing jobs.
If you would like to know more about me, you can visit my website: www.jefferyedoherty.com
or the website for my book, Paper Magic: www.papermagicbook.com
Read CKT's February 2016 interview with Jeffery E Doherty