I have always been an adventurer. When I was a kid growing up in Australia, I was fascinated by the natural world. You'd likely find me looking under rocks, climbing trees, making bird calls, and since I was an only child, having imaginary adventures. When I wasn't outside, I was drawing or poring through books—fiction, non-fiction, the atlas, whatever I could get my hands on. Today, I still love each of these things as much as I did then.

So, I’m very grateful to have made a career that involves helping others bring their books to fruition while I’ve continued to write, illustrate, and spend time in nature as often as I could. Yet it has always seemed to me that a combination of all the things I love—nature/wilderness, writing, illustrating, discovery, and adventure—would be the very best sort of career to have. (I dreamed of it but didn’t know how to make it real.)

Aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer                                                                                               Photo credit: Christina Riesellman 

Aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer                                                                                               Photo credit: Christina Riesellman 

But in going to Antarctica as Science Communicator on a research cruise, I have finally lived exactly the experience I've dreamed of and in the most powerful of ways. It has provided a life-changing shift* in perspective, my interests, and my dream.

I am currently writing a middle grade non-fiction science adventure book, writing and illustrating a lyrical non-fiction picture book inspired by my Antarctic journey, and seeking my next Sci-Comm adventure.

*This shift will come with some changes to my business model and offerings, and I look forward to sharing these soon!

 

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