I make up stuff, I’m arty and I’m a bit of a nerd.
I love telling stories. One of those stories starts with “No, when I was in the Wiggles they already had a Jeff so I had to use my middle name…” Whole bunches of kids at the school where I work believe I was once Eddie the Evil Wiggle. Writing stories down for others to read and enjoy is one of the most special thing anyone can hope to do.
Drawing and painting comes a close second. I have been an artist for a long time but I have only recently started doing cover art and children’s book illustrations. You might think being an artist and illustrator is basically the same thing but it’s not. Illustrating, like writing is all about telling a story. I have been lucky enough to find a publisher who allowed me to create the illustrations and design the cover art for Paper Magic and Olivia Stone and the Trouble with Trixies. Usually the writer gets very little say in a book’s artwork. I also had the opportunity to illustrate a wonderful young child picture book, The Adventures of Teddy and Karl: Bedtime Stories.
I love reading books, especially children’s books. I’m a Whovian, a Trekky, I love Star Wars and any other science fiction or fantasy stuff. I dress-up any chance I get, sometimes as a medieval soldier, Scoobie Doo or Doctor Who (the Tom Baker one, mainly because have a large, somewhat bent Tom Bakerish nose). I tell really bad Dad jokes and I’m often an embarrassment to my children. I live in Bathurst with my Mad-Cat-Lady wife and seven and a half cats. Unfortunately I have to spend a lot of time pretending to be grown-up so I won’t get sacked from my non-writing jobs.