For as long as I can remember I loved to draw pictures and write stories. It was my ambition from a very early age to become a writer and illustrator of children’s books
My career in the film industry took me in a different direction. For 30 years I worked in Costume and Art making the stories of other people come to life. In 2012, I completed a Diploma of Children’s Literature by distance learning. Now I am retired I devote most of my time and energy to writing and illustrating for children. I’m not in a rush. I don’t need another career. I just want to enjoy the process and never stop learning. I am lucky to live on the West Coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand. I step off my deck onto a beautiful beach where the river meets the ocean. It is an ever changing landscape with big skies and the constant river. I share this environment with an abundance of winged creatures and sometimes a seal. My favourite neighbours are the kororā, the little blue penguins who come ashore at night then head up the hill to their burrows.
For more about the story behind the story please link to video. Enjoy.