My Story

I was born in Melbourne, Victoria, which was home for almost thirty years, before moving to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in 1990. 

Most of my working life has been in the medical industry—working in both radiology clinics and general practices.  

In 2013, I began studying Professional Children's Writing and Publishing at the Australian College of QED—graduating three years later with nine High-Distinctions.

I'd never really thought about the idea of writing children's books until I eventually had a child of my own. Some of my fondest memories are of reading to my son when he was growing up—starting with picture books when he was only a few months old, all the way through to junior fiction.

There are so many aspects of writing that I genuinely enjoy—everything from deciding on a plot to progressively developing it into a finished manuscript. My preferred style of writing is fast-paced, humorous stories with lots of unpredictability and suspense.

 

Over the last few years, I've had the pleasure of speaking at various literary events in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast, including, Romancing The Stars, organised by Book Links in Queensland.

 

Looking back, I honestly believe if it wasn't for all the years of reading to my son when he was growing up, I probably would never have started writing children's books in the first place. So, thank you, Josh, not only for the wonderful memories I have of us reading countless books together but for re-introducing me to the wonderful world of children's books, again. I will love you always. xo

Excerpt

 Captain Chaos & The Mobile Phone Fiasco

     Before I know what’s going on, my hand’s in the toilet trying to wriggle its way up the pipe. This is seriously not cool. But now’s not the time to be worried about a few gazillion toilet germs. If Dad finds out what's happened to his phone I'm a dead man. Which is precisely why I’m not planning on telling him. I’m not an idiot. The last time I tried the old, "honesty is the best policy" plan, I was banned from watching TV for a month.

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Michel Deverall

Children's Author