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.
After working with children, young people and families for a number of years as a social worker, Debra rediscovered a love of picture books when her children were young and she returned to university to gain a masters degree in Children’s Literature. A big kid at heart, Debra loves playing with ideas and words to inspire people to think and feel differently about something.
Debra is an active member of the Children’s Book Council Northern Sydney sub-branch, and reviews for CBCA Reading Time. She lives in suburban Sydney and satisfies her rural cravings by keeping a menagerie of animals, including chooks in the backyard and mucking around with her donkey, paddocked on the city's fringes.