From the age of six I wrote stories with pictures. At age 9, inspired by Snoopy, I created a cartoon-strip called the Land of the Pomple People. At age 12, I wrote an illustrated chapter book called Murder At Midnight (read by only me!). At age 13 I entered the science-fiction fantasy genre, inventing the magical outer-space gang – The Globuloids, drawn with good old stubby textas.
But, I grew up to be a scientist – a marine biologist and zoologist. For many years no more stories were written, just the odd poem. That changed when I had my own kids and my love for children’s books and creating stories blossomed again. I had a story published for the first time in 2006 – Blossom Possum the sky is falling down under. Getting that acceptance letter was one of the most thrilling moments in my life. Since then I have published Blossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker in 2013.
In October 2016, my first non-fiction children’s book, Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks was released by the National Library of Australia. In 2017, Amazing Animal of Australia’s National Parks won the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2017 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Whitley Young Naturalist Award and the ACT Writing and Publishing Award Children’s Book of the Year. Read more about the accolades Gina’s book has received!
Gina is excited to announce that she recently began a new book with the National Library of Australia, with a working title of Amazing Animals: Going, Going, Gone? Saving Australia’s Endangered Wildlife.