Hi. I’m Wendy Milner. Proud daughter of ‘Grandad’ Les Brookes, blogger, copy-writer, strategic marketer and now author.
A long time ago I was a bare-foot child roaming around the streets of rugged, coastal WA. I spent my childhood jumping off timber jetties, being dumped in washed out surf and riding foam surf-boards behind big crayboats.
When I grew up, I found myself working in Perth, Edinburgh (Scotland) and then Melbourne.
During my early career, I worked as a financial services copy-writer and marketing professional for organisations such as Macquarie Private Wealth, Citigroup, JBWere and Hartley Poynton. At that time, my writing focused on client and product communications, campaigns and other marketing related disciplines.
Today (some 10 years later), I enjoy a much more rewarding life as a writer and mother of three children.
Grandad and the Baby Dolphin is my first children’s picture book and my first attempt at writing for fiction.
I began this journey from copy-writer to author as I had a promise to keep. You see my sisters and I grew up listening to Dad’s stories about the many dolphins, sharks, whales, birds and seals that he came across each day. Some stories like Grandad and the Baby Dolphin are heart-warming and sweet. Other stories are tense and a little scary, but they were always fun to hear.
Unfortunately, Dad passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in 2009. My children were still very little and I promised him that they would know his stories. That promise has been kept for now, but what I hadn’t anticipated was the joy I found in telling them. There was such joy to be found in simply telling stories, not only Dad’s, but mine as well. That is how my own journey officially began.
So – welcome to the first of the Grandad Stories. I’m super excited to be sharing these stories, not only with my own children, but with you as well.
You can find out more about me, my illustrator and of course ‘Grandad’ Les Brookes at wendymilner.com.au