About

I’m a country country girl living in the city. My love of nature is strongly reflected in my writing. I’d like to think my stories are emotive and humorous and I aspires to make a positive connection with children and adults alike.

‘Ponkidoodle’ is my first children’s picture book and it’s due to be released by Little Steps at New Frontier on the 12th of November 2009.

I have two more books for primary aged children being launched in 2010 with One Day Hill Publishing. One is an aussie rules football story called ‘Kick it to me!’ which is being endorsed by the Australian Football League.

My second book is called ‘Knockabout Cricket’. It’s the story of Johnny Mullagh, an amazing indigenous cricker in the 1860’s. These stories are historically based Australian folklore stories.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had several short stories published and this year I won a national poetry prize at the 2009 Henry Lawson Literary Awards. I enjoy doing yoga with my cat Carlos and I like to lie on the trampoline with my youngest son watching animal shapes in the clouds.

12 Things you might not know about me:

I am an Aries

I am a cheese maker

I teach Sensory Evaluation of Cheese

I am very good with a calculator  (In my first job in Product Development at Campbell Soup Company in Shepparton, I Ooops’ed on a decimal place in the addition of black pepper into a Baked Beans product. Whoooa! hot hot hot at the product tasting the next day…fortunately for me they were able to be sold as ‘Spicy Baked Beans’ through their Cash Sales Store)

I have acute hearing (bionic actually)

I am a collector of the unusual: stones, bones, feathers, old china, rare books, maps, deceased bugs

I am a budding ornithologist  www.birdsofaustralia.com

I love succulents especially argave attenuatas (you can’t kill em!)

I love trees…big trees, gum trees, boabs, red tingles and myrtles

I can crack a stockwhip

I ran the Melbourne Marathon a few years ago (I don’t recommend it)

I have travelled a lot, backpacking and working in the U.S and the U.K, all thoughout Europe including Eastern Europe and into Russia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, Dubai, Oman and Jordan.

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    Susan Hucker said,

    Will there be a sequel to Ponkidoodle?

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    ponkidoodle said,

    Hi Susan, yes there are two more Ponkidoodle stories. ‘Ponkidoodle goes on Holiday’ in rhyming verse and ‘Ponkidoodle goes to Hospital’ which is a slightly longer prose story for older children. I wrote the third story for older readers who’d had the original Ponkidoodle. I wanted him to grow up with them.

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    Roger Bade said,

    What a great book!!!!
    I read it to my two boys who were struggling with going to sleep.
    Because we live in an old house, at night it creaks and goans which gives the boys a fright (and the parents!). After reading Ponkidoodle to them now we ALL sleep well at night. And laugh when we hear him tripping over something.
    Thanks for the help!

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    John Hamilton said,

    i have not been sleeping at night because our home is really scarey. dad read me ponkidoodle and i am not scared any more. he is so funny.
    thanks ms mcmullin


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