I was born in Michalovce, Slovakia. I remember it for its fields of poppies and sunflowers - both my favourite flowers to this day.
When I was five years old my mother packed a maroon suitcase, took us to the train station and we escaped the Communist regime. The journey was fraught with fear and possible capture but the outcome was glorious.
Australia became our new home.
Growing up, I was never without a pen, pencil, crayon or texta. I spent my days drawing, writing, and making board games. As I grew older I enjoyed playing out my characters and upon leaving high school became a stage actor for several years. But writing was always in my heart so I started to dabble in short films and in 2008 won the award for Best Short Story at the Monaco Film Festval. In 2013 I completed a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Creative Writing and Screen Studies, and my fate was sealed - writing was in my veins.
I decided to concentrate on writing children's picture books that celebrate gender balance and/or gender free characters. In the next few years I hope to develop a series of books, as well as include books by other authors that meet this criteria, under a "Free Gender" umbrella (trademarked). This allows parents to know which books don't stereotype gender and allows their children to read stories without being positioned in a particular way, something that is being requested more and more each day.
Today, I live in the Blue Mountains with my cat Vitruvius and when not writing spend my days saving garden lizards from Vitruvius' persistent need to taunt them. I have several projects going at the moment and oscillate between them because I find each gives me something fresh or new to consider.
I usually have five or more books stacked at my bedside ranging from children's picture books to adult non-fiction.
Inconsequential facts about me:
I twirl my hair when I'm deep in thought (and even when I'm not)
I don an authentic 1980s tennis visor when I'm writing
On road trips I make an effort to find the most undrinkable coffee
I like pushing buttons especially in toy aisles
I get incredibly frustrated when people leave cupboard doors ajar
I can still do a cartwheel
and yes, I use a 'special' voice when I talk to my cat.