About Caz

CazI am a Melbourne-based children’s author. I write picture books, novels, poetry and junior fiction. I am passionate about encouraging children’s interest in and love of reading. I’m also the Assistant Regional Adviser (Victoria) for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

 

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Family

We have two dogs. Possum (the oldest) is white and fluffy and well-behaved. Our puppy Godzilla is black, boisterous, cheeky and lots of fun.

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Pets

We’ve had fish, dogs, a guinea-pig, a hamster and a turtle. The dogs always survive the longest in our house and are my favourite animals.

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Music

I have learnt the violin, piano, drums, clarinet, guitar, singing and cello, but I’m best at the piano (and pretty bad at all the rest).

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Food

I love eating but hate cooking.  I adore chocolate, ice-cream and apples, but not all together.

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Hobbies

I enjoy reading, writing, all kinds of music, watching movies and plays, laughing and travelling.

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Writing

I love writing. It’s fun using my imagination to create interesting characters and stories. And unlike real life, I can be in complete control of what happens, except for the occasional naughty character who will run off and do something totally unexpected. I write picture books, short stories, novels and poetry for children.

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Scary stuff

I went Bungy-jumping in New Zealand. That was pretty scary. Once when I was in Eastern Europe, I was thrown off a train at 3am by gun-wielding customs officers. Apparently my visa wasn’t valid. I was able to get on another train six hours later after giving the customs officers most of my money.