As a mother of four boys, Kelly Jarris has been lucky enough to see the diversity in each child, which is how the characters came about for her first book, Wonderful Wishes. Kelly also writes and appreciates stories from life experiences, with her recently released picture book, Imagine Our Special Place. Her sister’s journey with terminal cancer inspired Kelly to write a book that touches on sibling bonds, imagination and feelings of the unknown. The story has been described,
“Their imagination takes them out of their reality into other happy places”.
Kelly’s sister’s take on what she was facing inspired her to write a book that would touch on sibling bonds, imagination and feelings of the unknown. Imagine Our Special Place is about two sisters who go on a journey together in the sky, meeting the Queen of all the rainbows, riding its arch-like a waterslide, sipping tea from a cup made out of the golden sun and having a tea party with a pink fairy. Parents can read this book knowing the deeper meaning and children can channel their creative thinking throughout the story.
Kelly has a background in veterinary nursing and was once an Australian wildlife rescuer.
Lauren Hackney lives in Manly; a seaside suburb of Brisbane, with her husband, two creative boys, chickens, fish, cockatiels and their recently adopted dog. Together, they love exploring, travelling, trying new things, laughing and being amongst nature. Another pastime of theirs is storytelling. Whether it be a bedtime story, a campfire story or a road trip story – they love discovering where the stories lead.
For many years, Lauren worked in aviation, but she now takes stories on high-flying adventures through the power of magic and imagination.
Her first book is The Lolly Shop – a delicious collaboration with her two sons.