I was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved to Australia when I was very young. After studying literature at university, I spent nearly ten years working with some of Australia’s most talented children’s authors and illustrators as an editor before that light bulb moment that became my first book, Kisses for Daddy, beautifully illustrated by David Legge. Our second collaboration, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books, won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Eve Pownall Award, and we toured our third book, Captain Crabclaw’s Crew, around every state in Australia. Our fourth book together, The Fearsome, Frightening, Ferocious Box, was published in May 2013. My other picture books include A Rat in a Stripy Sock (a KOALA children’s choice award Honour Book), illustrated by my partner, David Francis, and Goodnight, Mice! (illustrated by Judy Watson), which won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction in 2012.
As well as continuing to write picture books, I have been working on two series of junior novels and a trilogy. One is the Ernie & Maud series about two unlikely superheroes (with the heroic illustrator Judy Watson) and the other is Sword Girl. Set in a medieval castle, this series (with award-winning illustrator Gregory Rogers) is about a girl called Tommy who dreams of becoming a knight. The Gerander Trilogy is full of adventure, mystery…and mice!
Most recently, I have been writing middle grade/YA historical fiction: The Raven’s Wing, set in Ancient Rome, and The Peony Lantern, set in 1857 Japan.
Fearless Frances Watts (right)