I have copyedited books for Big Sky Publishing, including historical fiction, non-fiction and children's picture books. One of the picture books I edited has recently been shortlisted in Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Awards (along with a book I wrote!). As a freelancer, I have also edited a paranormal crime novel. I am currently contracted to structurally edit undergraduate course materials for the University of Southern Queensland's Surveying and Engineering Faculty. I am also an author of books for children and adults - fiction and non-fiction. Three of my children's books have been short- or long-listed for prestigious awards.
I write historical books: fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. My books include the 'Australian Bushrangers' series (5 titles), the children's historical fiction 'Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy' (8 titles so far, 5 to come), and 'Captain Starlight: the strange but true story of a bushranger, impostor and murderer), all published by Big Sky Publishing. I also wrote 'The story of The Swamp: a children's history of Toowoomba' (published by Toowoomba City Library) and am about to self-publish 'Ship of death: the tragedy of the "Emigrant"'. My book 'Captain Thunderbolt' (from the 'Australian Bushrangers' series) was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award in 2015, and two books from my 'Tommy Bell' series have been listed for major awards (#1 was a Children's Book Council of Australia 'notable' in 2017 and #7 is currently listed for a Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award). My books are meticulously researched and have been well reviewed.
I worked as a librarian and archivist at the secondary campus of Concordia Lutheran College from 2011 to 2018, and at one of the junior campuses as librarian from 2004 to 2010. My duties included book selection and cataloguing and working closely with students and teachers to meet their information and recreational reading needs and encourage a love of books. In 2017 I initiated and ran a writing project with a group of Indigenous students. After a three-day writing workshop conducted by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, they produced a book that was launched at the Brisbane Writers' Festival.
Perth, 1899: a respected public servant mistakes a bottle of cyanide for his heart medicine, swallows it and dies. Months later on the other side of the country, a prisoner of Pentridge gaol with the same name as the deceased reads of the inquest with alarm. He writes to the coroner with his suspicions: the supposedly upstanding government accountant was an impostor – an ex-con – who had stole... read more
Frederick Wordsworth Ward, better known as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, had one of the longest bushranging ‘careers’ in history. Plaguing New South Wales for almost seven years, Thunderbolt enjoyed much public support as he was intelligent, charming and courageous and a great storyteller. He has become something of a romantic figure of Australia’s past. This book describes some of Thunderbolt’s more... read more
In 1869 Mt Egerton was outraged by the armed hold-up of the local bank by a masked villain calling himself ‘Captain Moonlite’.The shock deepened when the perpetrator turned out to be the new lay preacher, Andrew George Scott. On his release from prison Moonlite led a ragged bunch of young desperadoes to stage a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. His death cell pr... read more
Hadamar is the story of Ingrid Marchand, is a young girl of mixedGerman-French-African race born and her struggle to survive asthe Nazis rise to power and Hitler’s barbaric racial policies areintroduced.While Ingrid’s colour has always ostracised her in the community,the rise of Adolf Hitler increases the level of hatred and prejudiceto a new, frightening level. At school, Ingrid and her Jewis... read more
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a global mental health concernwith studies conservatively indicating 10% of young peopleexperiment with self-harm. The ways in which young people selfharmare wide and varied, and a challenge many families nowhave to face.It remains distressing and difficult for parents and caring adultsto understand, as it seems to go against every innate instinct ofself-prot... read more
The way our children handle ‘small knocks’ is crucial, as it will bethe foundation for much bigger things. Parents are wise to see eachsmall knock as a teachable moment that has long-term significance.We can’t dismiss or understate our child’s daily experiences.Our children can ‘have it all’ and still be ill-prepared to handlelife’s challenges. Despite the posters on our school’s walls and the... read more
Dreaming Soldiers poignantly weaves tales of childhoodadventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreamingthemes.This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno,two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who doeverything together, sharing adventures and growing upside by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback SouthAustralian station and later on the muddy WWI battlefi... read more
Tuska is a young elephant who loves spending timewith his grandfather. And Grandpa loves spendingtime with him. Tuska never grows tired of Grandpa’sthrilling stories about being a young elephant and thinksGrandpa is the wisest elephant he knows.But Grandpa is getting old, and what’s more, he’s gettingforgetful and, well ... he’s acting rather strangely thesedays!? His stories are not making se... read more
When Tommy Bell’s father’s car breaks down on a road trip, Tommy and Martin are stranded overnight in a motel room in a strange country town. Things get even weirder when Tommy finds himself roaming the deserted streets on a moonlit night, way back in 1869. But wait – is that an armed robbery in progress? And who is that masked man?
The Australian Bushrangers series by historical researcher, Jane Smith, details the colourful lives of six of Australia’s most famous bushrangers: Captain Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, and the two men known as ‘Captain Starlight’. These simply written and entertaining books are beautifully presented and historically accurate. Full of interesting facts and dangerous e... read more
Daphne Lawrence is haunted. Two years ago, her fiancée died in a terrible accident, her mother passed away from cancer and she stopped speaking to her father. As an embalmer, Daff is used to the company of dead people, but she isn’t used to them talking back. In fact, Daff isn’t used to anything that could be considered woo-woo including, but not limited to: psychics, crystal, meditation, taro... read more
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Copy editor and proofreader with 20+ years' experience in history, education, and sciences with Harcourt, RLPG, State House Press, and Wiley
Freelance editor with over 20 years of experience in print and digital publishing. I’ve worked at Scholastic Canada and Pearson Canada.