• Founder, Editor, and Author of Creative Kids Tales
  • Author with Wombat Books and Little Pink Dog Books
  • Former host of The Author's Shelf on 2SSR 99.7 FM
  • Member ASA (Australian Society of Authors)
  • Member SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
  • Member NSW Writer's Centre

A New Direction for Creative Kids Tales…


What's the buzz at CKT HQ?You may have noticed we've been dropping a few teasers on social media of late. There's been lots of chatter around the industry, and we can finally share our BIG announcement.We've been bursting to share the news.Are you ready….Formed in 2011, Creative Kids Tales has grown to become a highly respected name within the chil...
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Raymund and the Fear Monster - Q & A with Megan Higginson


Megan has always been an avid reader of books from all genres, but she loves sci-fi and fantasy. As a child and teenager, if she could have combined reading from horseback while galloping along Mackay's beaches, or while mustering cattle in the Queensland outback she would have. (Of course, she would have not enjoyed the thrill of adventure if she'...
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Dad's Wishing The Rain Would Come - Q & A with Martine Miller


Martine Miller is farm girl by day, karate ninja by night, children's author who is very excited for her Debut picture book.Martine grew up in far north Queensland and now resides on a farm in rural NSW Her children's enthusiasm for stories and wonder for farm life as well as her quirky herds of cattle, have inspired Martine to write.Her two childr...
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My Daddy is Different – Q & A with Suzi Faed


The written word is how Suzi likes to be heard. She aspires to inspire those who read her work. Suzi has independently published her late father's biography, Fighting Spirit, and is awaiting the release of her debut picture book, My Daddy is Different.Three of her stories also appeared in the Creative Kids Tales Story Collection Vol. 2.She lives in...
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Tulip and Brutus - Q&A with Liz Ledden


Liz Ledden is a Sydney-based children's book author, who writes picture books, junior fiction and middle grade.Her debut picture book TULIP AND BRUTUS with Ford Street Publishing is out now. It's about friendship, differences, teamwork … and bugs! She has another picture book due out in 2020 with Larrikin House.Liz also co-hosts kids' book podcast ...
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The Quest Diaries of Max Crack - Q&A with Jules Faber


Jules Faber is a cartoonist and illustrator, most well-known for illustrating the WeirDo series by comedian Anh Do, for which they've won multiple awards, including Book of the Year for Older Children at the Australian Book Industry Awards.  He's also illustrated David Warner's 'Kaboom Kid' series, Michael Pryor's 'Leo Da Vinci' series, Alex R...
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Dear Grandpa - Q&A Kate Simpson


Kate Simpson is a children's author and podcast host. Her first picture book, Finding Granny, was shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. When she's not writing, Kate is one third of children's book podcast One More Page, which is a fortnightly foray into all things kids' books. One More Page features guest interviews, bo...
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So You Want To Be A Writer - Q&A Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait.


Valerie Khoo is CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. With campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Online, the centre has enrolled more than 50,000 students across Australia and internationally.  A former journalist, Valerie is also co-author of the book So You Want To Be A Writer: ...
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Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire - Q&A with Nat Amoore


Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer whose first middle grade novel 'Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire' is out now with Penguin Random House, with a second novel expected in 2020. She will also appear in Total Quack Up Again!, due out in October 2019.Nat co-hosts kid lit podcast One More Page, which has had over 30k downloads and was a finali...
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The Christmas Garden - Q&A with Caroline Tuohey


Caroline Tuohey is an award-winning children's writer and poet whose main interest is picture books.She has four published picture books in print with two more (one with Larrikin House and the other Ford Street Publishing) due for release in 2020.She has also been published in children's literature magazines in Australia and Ireland as well as in a...
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Just Bad Writing by Emma Cameron


What constitutes good or bad writing is subjective because, from a reader's viewpoint, what we like and dislike varies greatly. Despite this, there are ways of writing that will usually be considered poor. To demonstrate this, I'm delighted to share the words of my grandson, aged five, when forced to endure 'take home readers'.Though not particular...
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Final Storm - Q&A with Deborah Abela


The exciting third book in the Grimsdon trilogy by Deborah Abela will be released on August 6, 2019 through Random House.Check out the trailer link below.What is Final Storm about?This is the third book in my cranky climate change trilogy. After surviving for three years in the flooded city of Grimsdon, Isabella and he...
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So, You Want to be a Writer reviewed by Georgie Donaghey


Writing is a solitary act. Rewards can be few and far between. Dedication and hard work need to be unwavering. Writers often search for that thread that connects them with other writers. When I began reading So, You Want to be a Writer, I immediately felt that connection. Imagine a gospel choir singing Hallelujah.This new resource has evolved from ...
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The Plodding, Bumbling Writer by Deborah Abela


'Writing is an act of faith not a trick of grammar.' EB White.I'm a plodding, bumbling writer. Even though recently a friend looked at me sternly and said, 'You're methodical'. A methodical plodder, perhaps?I recently finished the third book in the Grimsdon trilogy, Final Storm and writing it felt hard, wonderful and brilliantly intoxicating, in al...
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Toffle Towers - Q&A with Tim Harris


Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids, including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables and Exploding Endings. His first ever book, Exploding Endings: Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes, was awarded Honour Book at the 2017 KOALAs. Tim's second series, Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables, contains his trademark qui...
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Baby Business reviewed by Georgie Donaghey


​The birth of a baby is a time of celebration, a time of family coming together. In Indigenous cultures, the rituals that surround these welcoming ceremonies are connected with the land, their ancestors and the traditions of their people.Jasmine Seymour's beautiful book, Baby Business, is inviting from the cover to the last page. Greeted by an open...
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Bad Crab - Q&A with Amelia McInerney


Amelia lives just outside Sydney in the lower Blue Mountains. She spends her days writing kids' books, staring out the window thinking up stories for kids' books, and occasionally just plain staring out the window. When she's not writing, thinking or staring, Amelia enjoys doing yoga and snorkeling, but not at the same time because that's really ha...
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Mind Kind - Q&A with Dr Joanna North


​What is Mind Kind about?In Mind Kind you will not find parenting techniques, but rather a parenting philosophy. Recognizing that there are no absolute answers, distinguished psychotherapist, mother and grandmother Dr Joanna North instead aims to help you become aware of the types of emotional support your child may need. Through following this pra...
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The Big Old Rambutan Tree - Q&A with Kathy Creamer


What is The Big Old Rambutan Tree about?It is about love, trust, loyalty and the struggle of survival.Ginger is a young and endangered orangutan living in the threatened Indonesian rainforest. When feeding on the fruits of the big old rambutan tree with all the other orangutans in the forest, she hears a strange noise and goes to investigate. At th...
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Baby Business - Q&A with Jasmine Seymour.


 What is Baby Business about?Baby business is about an Aboriginal baby smoking ceremony. The book is contemporary look at what a baby smoking ceremony might look like on Darug Country.A baby smoking ceremony is a baby's first welcome to country. The smoke helps the baby to belong to Country by infusing its whole being with the smell of Country...
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