Rachel was sent to the principal’s office in grade three for using the word ‘distinguished’ in a creative writing task. From that moment, words became her passion – writing them, speaking them. Weirdly, writing as a profession never crossed her mind, until four years ago when no other vocation made sense.
Rachel worked for ABC and BBC Local Radio as producer, journalist, and presenter for many years. As her family expanded, she worked as a copywriter and voice-over artist (her walk-in-closet was her studio).
In 2012, Rachel lost her youngest child Hamish. The words came pouring out of her and they refuse to cease. Her first picture book, Finn’s Feather (Enchanted Lion, 2017) is in honor of Hamish and deals with the important topic of grief.
Rachel is a prolific picture book writer and she’s committed to writing stories that delight, comfort and give children wonderful dreams. Fortunately for her, she has four children to inspire them and try them out on (best focus group ever).
Rachel lives in Queensland, Australia with her family and can often be found in her local café with a cappuccino and a laptop. Rachel is a proud member of SCBWI.