Welcome Aleesah Darlison to Creative Kids Tales.
Aleesah Darlison seemed to appear on the children's book market overnight. With a quick succession of published books, it seemed this children's author was in the right place at the right time. Nothing could be further from the truth. She was in the right place as far as getting published was concerned but Aleesah had been working away behind the scenes for a long time to make her dreams a reality.
Growing up on the mid-north coast of NSW, Aleesah was surrounded by animals: horses, donkeys, cows, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and even a pet rosella named Joe. In fact, many of these animals feature in her stories today.
After Aleesah finished high school she moved to Sydney. There she attended and graduated University.
Still blissfully unaware of what fate had in store for her, Aleesah spent her initial working years in Australia and overseas in corporate marketing.
She kept writing, just as she had been doing since she was 16. It wasn't until a few years ago Aleesah decided to take a chance and launch herself into full time writing. It paid off.
When Aleesah is not writing, she proudly wears her other hat, Mother. Looking after three school aged children is a full time job in itself, but Aleesah manages to do it with ease, at the same time writing award winning stories for children.
Apart from her critically acclaimed picture books such as Bearly There (check out our review under the Author's & Illustrators tab), Puggle's Problem and Warambi. Aleesah also has a number of award winning chapter books to her credit. Her Totally Twins series has 4 titles and her Unicorn Riders boasts 6 in the series with 2 more to come in June 2013.
In her spare time Aleesah reviews books for The Sun Herald and along with Laurine Croasdale, Jeni Mawter, Nina Rycroft and Susanne Gervay, is one of the founding members of Literature Live.
Literature Live brings authors into classrooms all over Australia via video link up. Inspiring children to create read and absorb Australian books.
She travels the country giving workshops and talks to adults and children. If there is a festival running, Aleesah will be there delighting both young and old with her storytelling.
Aleesah proves hard work really does ensure dreams come true.
Some of Aleesah's books