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!
I've always loved writing, since expressing myself in my teens, to writing verses for family and friends and now, writing bedtime stories for my cheeky 4 year old. She loved them so much, always requesting them over her other favourite books, and wanting them in a 'proper book'. I thought I'd be a bit extravagant, find an illustrator and self publish, for her!
Most of the verses have a little message I wished to emphasise - slowing down and enjoying nature, little tricks to manage emotions, or about little things little ones love - hence 'Bubbles and Puddles'- the title for the collection of verses I'm currently writing. Life just gets so busy and I think whilst I've aimed to help my girl to enjoy the simple things, it is her teaching me to stop, and just be.
Will take a leaf out of my own book (own book? that would be exciting), and stop now for a minute, and join her and pop a marshmallow on the fire!
I've been so impressed with the illustrator's work, and with requests from friends for a copy, I've decided to make it available and well, if others enjoy it too, that would be wonderful! I'm loving writing so much that I'd love to learn the craft more and see where it goes.
'Bubbles and Puddles' on facebook: www.facebook.com/BookBubblesandPuddles
I have a longstanding interest in psychology, philosophy and meditation, which are reflected lightly in my verses.
My daughter's love for Sri Lanka (where her Daddy is from), as well as my love for the Australian bush, and Japan - where I have spent some time, also inspire me.
Michelle Wanasundera - Submissions
- Little Lights by Michelle Wanasundera May - 2017