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A Bit About Me

I grew up in Canberra, Australia, and I never left.

As a kid, I spent most of my time searching for fairies at the bottom of the garden, forcing my younger brother to test my inventions (the clothes line swing was a hoot!) and hiding out in trees reading books and writing in journals.

I grew up a bit, went to schools and got some jobs, but the constant whisper of words in my head demanded that I write stories and line the walls of my house with bookshelves.

So I did. And I do.

A huge fan of science fiction, fantasy and all things funny, I have a passion for humorous, quirky stories filled with magnificent beasts and crazy creatures (like dragons, fairies, aliens, moon moose and time travelling unicorns).

When I’m not reading or writing, you might also find me colouring in, sewing or attempting to cook. But if I’ve gone missing, I’d check the nearest library.

Today, I live in the same suburb I grew up in with my husband and two daughters (who both know the secret to staying up late is asking mum to read another story).

Fun Facts

  • I write fun and quirky stories for kids.

  • I’ve never broken a bone in my body.

  • I make really good ice cream (but it’s the only dessert I can successfully make).

things I’m proud of

  • I’m a senior editor and book reviewer for Kids' Book Review.

  • I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the ACT SCBWI organising committee and the ACT Writers Centre.

  • I won first place in the 2019 Greenleaf Press Blossoms Kids & YA Writing Competition.

  • I received a Highly Commended Award in the 2018 Greenleaf Press Buds Picture Book Writing competition.

  • I made the shortlist for the 2018 Just Write for Kids Pitch It! competition.

  • I won first place in the 2017 Creative Kids Tales Magic, Mystery or Skateboards competition.

  • I received a Highly Commended Award in the 2016 Pass It On E-zine Christmas competition.

12 Things You May Not Know ABOUT ME

Still want more? Check out 12 Curly Questions With KBR Team Member Shaye Wardrop over at Kids' Book Review. People are always shocked by the first answer! 

when I talk about myself in the third person, i like to say…

Shaye Wardrop wants to live in a world where pet dragons are commonplace, drinking tea out of buckets is socially acceptable and reading books is a genuine career choice.

When she’s not dreaming up names for her pet dragon, Shaye writes fun, funny and quirky stories for kids, blogs over HERE and reviews books for Kids’ Book Review. She also keeps busy organising author/illustrator events in Canberra in her role as Treasurer on the ACT SCBWI committee.