I write stories for children and young adults, so if you want to know more about the Hazard River series for young adventure-lovers, books in the Choose Your Own Ever After series, find out about the Smitten series for young adults or my first play – As the Crow Flies – you’re in the right place. While you’re here, check out my writing tips and teachers’ notes. And if you’d like me to visit your school or festival you can contact Speakers Ink or Creative Net. You can also email me on the contact page or leave a message at the end of the post.
A bit about me.
I grew up in Brisbane exploring the local creeks and the islands around Moreton Bay, hoping one day to work with animals. Instead I became a television news reporter, working in Australia, Asia and Europe, covering stories of all sizes and significance – shaking hands with heads of state one week and orangutans the next.
A family holiday on the Noosa River, in Queensland, inspired me to write a series of adventure stories for young readers, called Hazard River (using the pen-name J.E. Fison). The stories are fast-paced and fun with an environmental twist.
Since then I’ve written three books for teens in the Smitten series. The latest is Counterfeit Love . Hong Kong reporter, Lucy Yang, gets more than she bargains for when she tries to uncover the origins of an unexpected parcel. It’s a heady mix of ambition, deadlines and romance and was inspired by my years as a reporter in Hong Kong.
For readers who like to make the decisions, there’s the Choose Your Own Ever After series. The fun kicked off with How to Get to Rio and continues with The Call of the Wild. The stories are packed with high school dramas, holidays adventures and family problems. And the best part is: you get to choose how the story goes!