Wisdom begins in wonder. — Socrates


Riddle Gully Secrets Riddle Gully Runaway
Mystery at Riddle Gully Spider Lies
Riddle Gully Secrets

Pollo and Will find cunning crooks, buried booty and a family with a tangled secret past.
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Riddle Gully Runaway

With a thief on the loose, does Benson’s disappearing act make him victim or villain?
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Mystery at Riddle Gully

Strange things are happening in Riddle Gully and Pollo di Nozi smells a major scoop...
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Spider Lies

‘Arachnerd’ Connor finds himself enlisting NASA to avert a spidery catastrophe...
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Hi! My young readers’ novels are fun, challenging adventures for the young (~7 to 13) and the young at heart. I’ve a PhD in Creative Writing and love exploring the wonders of words and imagination. Fossick here to learn more about my books, my workshops and how to reach me; also to access teaching notes, games and tips to kick-start writing.

What’s happening?

  • The HOT NEWS!! just in is that Riddle Gully Secrets has joined Mystery at Riddle Gully (2016) in snagging a spot on the shortlist of the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards! I’m so happy for my work to get this recognition  from the (clearly very discerning 😉 ) young readers out there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  [Note that final WAYRBA voting doesn’t close till 21 September!]
  • On the horizon now is the tenth Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, 18-28 April, in the emirate of Sharjah in the UAE. This will be a cascade of new experience for me! The annual festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors and brings together creators from around the globe. Guests, alongside their public appearances, are treated to a cultural program that promises to be fascinating.
  • I recently went ‘grown-up’ with a story set in Japan (Footprints) published in Westerly (Vol. 62.2). This bi-annual literary journal has a strong international reputation and has been around since 1956, before I was born (just!). Completing the honour, I was one of three invited to read from their work at the 62.2 launch in Fremantle at the beautifully restored Orient Hotel.
  • Alphabet Soup is a gem of a kids’ lit publication and I was delighted, in December, to be part of their ‘Pass the Baton’ feature. When Jackie French asked me ‘Why do you write?’ I thought (but don’t tell Jackie!) ‘Well, that’s a bit of a dull question,’ but it got me delving and discovering one or two things! 🧐Here’s the interview link: Alphabet Soup – Pass the Baton
  • 2017’s CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK was a jam-packed few weeks, meeting lots of bright young readers and playing around with stories, especially in the Geraldton/Mullewa region, where I spent four days. Speaking at the Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards night was a special honour.
  • If you liked the West Australian newspaper’s adaptations/serialisations of any of the three Riddle Gully books, check out the ‘real deal’ novels via your local library, bookshop or e-book. ( 3 or 4 times the length = 3 or 4 times the fun! 😉 )


Gooseberry Hill’s Room 13 maintain their secret identities with the first Riddle Gully Secrets installment in The West Australian.