I grew up on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Sunny childhood days were spent riding my bike with a scruffy poodle by my side.
As a reluctant young reader, I preferred funny television shows and comic strips. Characters such as the feisty Miss Piggy, quirky Snoopy, Garfield and the Road Runner, played an important role in my childhood. I was always searching for a good giggle.
As a teenager, music became my focus.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts - Music degree at QUT Brisbane, I was keen to combine travel with post-graduate study. I moved to Manchester to attend The Royal Northern College of Music.
Despite the Manchester weather, I bravely stayed for 13 years. I worked as an Instrumental music teacher, played in pit orchestras for touring musicals and squeezed in as much travel as possible.
I returned to the Sunshine Coast in 2012 with considerably more luggage - a husband, toddler, overflowing suitcases, a shipping crate of belongings and a baby on the way.
The love of books my eldest daughter displayed from an early age was a turning point in my own creative life. Combined with my youngest daughter's love of humour, and my ongoing search to find 'funny', the idea of writing humorous, entertaining picture books came to life.