With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A self-confessed science fiction nerd, (she even owns a T.A.R.D.I.S) and cupcake enthusiast, Julie is a middle grade author of The Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy and Frankie Dupont Mysteries, independently published through Amazon and Createspace.
Julie is represented by Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary for her unpublished Middle Grade and Picture Book manuscripts. http://www.goldenwheatliterary.net/
Her independent books have won various awards including: 2015 Bronze Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Boo Award: Frankie Dupont And The Lemon Festival Fiasco.
2015 Bronze Medal for Teen Mystery in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award: Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor.
2014 Silver Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award : Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor.
2013 Gold Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award : Escape From The Forbidden Planet.
For more information about Julie, including Australian Curriculum based activities for her books and Youtube trailers, please visit her website at http://www.julieannegrassobooks.com
Rachel Le Rossignol is a writer, editor, trainer, presenter and actor. Her first novel in the exciting fantasy triology, Harlequin’s Riddle, was published in June 2017 by Odyssey Books under the pen name of Rachel Nightingale.
With a passion for story telling and the theatre, it was natural that her first fantasy series would centre on both.
“My key fascination is the power that stories have in our lives, to engage, illuminate and transform.“
Rachel Nightingale was a highly imaginative child who used to pretend she was a gypsy wandering the woods on her way home from school. Once she realised creating stories gave her magical powers she decided to become a writer. Some years, and many diversions later, she is the author of Harlequin’s Riddle, published by Odyssey Books, and also, rather unexpectedly, an award winning playwright. Columbine’s Tale, the sequel to Harlequin, was recently released in September 2018. She is currently writing the final book of the Tales of Tarya trilogy – which by complete coincidence is about the power of creativity to shape the world – and desperately trying to ignore all the other stories clamouring for her attention.
Rachel lives in regional Victoria with a very bossy cat, her family, and the cutest dog in the world.
Susan Day is passionate about children’s literature. She created ‘Astro’s Adventures’ early-reader chapter books and has written many other titles, including ‘Clarence the Snake from Dunolly’.
‘Astro’s Adventures’ is based on a group of dogs who belong to a secret organisation created to save other dogs from neglect. Their plans are often thwarted by the evil genius, Speed Bump Charlie, a wicked alley cat, and his sidekick, Furball.
Each book Susan creates encourages and promotes the wonderful art of story-telling, and encapsulates her deep understanding of dogs and cats. As each character is based on a real pet, readers will immediately see their own pets portrayed within the pages, and will laugh along with their whacky antics.
Susan developed the ‘Resilience Warriors Workshops’ to help children develop the skills they need to combat depression and anxiety. These workshops are based on her very successful book, ‘Astro is Down in the Dumps’.
Susan shares her country home in Central Victoria with four dogs from the ‘Astro’s Adventures’ series: Rocky, Stella, Alfie and Digger. As well as, Furball, the villainous kitten, three rescue guinea pigs, a three-legged huntsman spider named Trevor, and a very patient husband.