Hello and welcome,
I am an Australian children’s author. I write books about everyday kids, animals and adventures, mysteries and magic. Sometimes I write about far away places and people. My books are written for kids of all ages. I write to find out who people are and where they are going.
Best wishes, Chris
A little bit of writing news, well big news for me really. I’m thrilled to say I’ve been awarded a “Highly Commended” in the published section of the 2016 CYA Writing and Illustrating Competition for my middle-grade chapter book “Strange Creatures”. (Pretty cool since they only award one overall “winner”, and no placings, over three combined sections.) […]More
What better way to start the year than with a new edition of an old book baby! Just before Christmas, I was delighted to receive the new Cengage Learning multicultural version of my 2001 title Roller-Coaster Ride, re-illustrated by Samantha Asri to set the story in the Middle East for early Arabic readers. I was surprised to find […]More
A few months ago, on the hottest day of summer, myself and five other fearless writers gathered in an (unairconditioned) artist space in Mornington to participate in a documentary with a difference. The Art of Story gives an inside view into the creation of stories and the stories behind the stories. The initial six episodes feature novelists, publishers, editors, […]More
One of the most exciting things for authors is always the arrival of a package bringing their latest book/s. Or shiny new author copies. Book deliveries have been a bit thin on the ground at my place over the past couple of years while I’ve been fully focused on writing and redrafting two historical novels, which, means it’s […]More
March was this writer’s bliss month. I spent two wonderful weeks taking up my Varuna Creative Time Fellowship in the Blue Mountains. Ever since I first started writing seriously a Varuna Fellowship has been on my radar and goal list. The chance to write free from day-to-day interruptions and really focus on particular aspects of […]More
Over on my blog, From Hook to Book, I’ve been tagged to share my writing process. A bit of a worry since, as a child, I was “Chris of the Scabby Knees”, more likely to fall over than tag anyone. Just as well this time I can tag via email. Seriously the Tagged tour asks authors to answer […]More
I’m so excited to see some of my books taking a journey that I have long wanted to take myself. All the way to Africa, and Papua New Guinea, thanks to the amazing efforts of author Tina Marie Clark, CYA Conference, and a fantastic band of helpers. I was lucky (in a strange reversal of fortune) to […]More
It’s that time of year to flex your writing muscles and get your entries in to the fantastic number of competitions and exciting opportunities open to young writers right now. Visit the Young Writers’ Resources page on my writing blog From Hook to Book for details on some cool new opportunities, such as writing residencies, including: three […]More
A Year with Marmalade blog tour I am thrilled to welcome a very special guest to my blog From Hook to Book today, my good friend and writing buddy, Alison Reynolds, to celebrate the launch of her fabulous new picture book A Year with Marmalade, illustrated by the very talented Heath McKenzie. Alison is the prolific author of over 30 […]More
I’m delighted to learn that Batty, my Giggler title with Blake Education, has been republished by Sundance Publishing U.S. and rebranded to fit their Laugh-Out-Loud series – purple level. It seems only right Batty should be travelling again since he was so keen to travel across the world in the storyline of his first book. […]More
Gilt Edge Publishing (2011)
"Outsmart the enemy," advises Gramps. Easy for him to say. Every day Andrew has to face the bully Pryke and his gang, and they always call the shots. But Gramps is right, there is no way Andrew can out-muscle them. So how can he change the rules to make a fair fight?
Gilt Edge Publishing (2010)
Cora the lioness must leave her young cubs alone while she goes hunting. One day she is caught in a terrible firestorm. Will she survive, and will her cubs be safe?
Gilt Edge Publishing (2010)
When Drummer Dixie and his band play, all the animals come to the barnyard dance. Is it safe to let everyone in?