All about Sam
I grew up in a world full of adventure – from the books I read, to the farms I lived on, and the beaches where I spent most of my childhood. Making up stories was a favourite family past-time – based on our real life adventures and worlds found via our imaginations.
I began working in the world of Children’s Literature full-time at the beginning of 2011. I love my work and all that it entails including imaginary worlds, quirky characters, great books, amazing people and working with/for children.
Many accomplished Children’s Book Writers are also gifted illustrators. I feel obliged to admit that I am to illustrating as a barbeque skewer is to a blow-up castle at a school fete, so I look forward to working with those who are far more capable than I am.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Associate Member
Queensland Writers Centre
Booklinks (QLD) Inc – The Centre for Children’s Literature
Children’s Book Council of Australia – QLD Branch
IBBY- International Board on Books for Young People
I grew up spoilt rotten in the food department. Everyone in my family can cook well, and loves to do it as often as they can. Seeing as I mainly work from home I have easy access to my fridge and pantry. I have been known to take a ‘quick break’ from writing, and one and a half hours later my kitchen is covered with chocolate and almond biscotti. And when I have been writing for too long my home-made pizzas have been known to resemble book characters – it’s amazing what you can do with cut up vegetables!
My Dad let me take my first photo at the age of four. Since then I have invested heavily in my photography habit. I can lose hours and hours going through my collection, re-living moments that will never be lost to me. My walls are covered with photos of loved ones, and many of the places that I have travelled to, which brings me to my next hobby. . . .
I grew up in Australia, and it is a REALLY big country. So just going ‘down the road’ to visit the relatives was in fact a big journey. From my first road trips down the east coast of Australia playing “I spy with my little eye” to my numerous trips overseas, I have developed a deep love for packing a bag and going on adventures. Even now I still play “I spy with my little eye”.
I spent much of my first decade out of school getting an education. I was lucky to be an Exchange Student in Danmark for my first year out of school. I had a brilliant time, learned to speak Danish fluently, told many school groups about Australian life and our animals, and became an expert at crafting and throwing snowballs. After that I got a Degree in Business – Majoring in Advertising. Next on my list was a Post-Graduate Diploma in Film and Television Production. That was seriously fun, and I hope to use it one day in the Children’s TV arena. Finally I obtained a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults through Cambridge.
Sam-I-Am (and I actually know how to make green eggs and ham)
Samwich (given to me by a young friend at lunchtime)