About Cori

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The Short Story

I have a double degree in Law and Creative Industries (Media and Communication) from the Queensland University of Technology, which says a lot about my personality. I have a very analytical side and a very creative side. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (also from QUT) and I was admitted as a lawyer in 2009.

I have always loved writing and I am passionate about picture books and their ability to drive and encourage the imagination and creativity of both children and adults. I also spend a lot of time at the beach, I love cooking and I collect antiques (and I really love old watches). Max and George was my debut book. My second book, Fearless with Dad, was released in July 2015. My third book, titled All I Want for Christmas is Rain was released 1 November 2016. I am very proud of this book – it looks so beautiful and I hope it resonates with Australians.

In my non-existent spare time (Spare time? What is that?) I am working on a few other manuscripts – I have signed my fourth book contract. I am excited to be working with New Frontier again on a book provisionally titled 12 Days of Kindness, due to be published in 2019.

Originally from Canada, I married an Australian and we now live in Brisbane with our son, silly labradoodle and ginger cat.

The Longer Story

I have been writing or imagining children’s stories for as long as I can remember. My very first picture book had an incredibly imaginative title, The Dream, which largely reflected the incredibly imaginative (read: not very imaginative) plot. A one-child book-making machine, I wrote, illustrated and published it all by myself in 1992 at the age of 12.

The-Dream-PhotoI then took a very long writing hiatus and did a lot of things like:
learn to play classical guitar…
graduate from high school…
volunteer at the Vancouver Art Gallery…
work in my Dad’s antique shop…
dream about going to the Emily Carr School of Art (I got as far as a portfolio)…
went to Europe (fell in love with an Australian)…
completed a Diploma of Stagecraft in Vancouver…
visited Australia…
moved to Alice Springs…
worked in a photo lab in Alice Springs developing photos…
married my Australian in Hobart…
moved to Brisbane and bought a house…
managed a camera store…
did a Media and Communications/Law degree…
worked in a horrible law firm…
did a post grad Diploma in Legal Practice…
was admitted as a lawyer…
landed a graduate position in a Federal Government law enforcement agency…
marked law papers for QUT…
got a permanent position in the Federal Government law enforcement agency…
and then I got clucky…
and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in April 2010.

So, I went on fourteen months maternity leave. My newborn son would only sleep on me during the day so I watched a lot of television and tried to read books. I got pretty bored. So, I restarted writing children’s books one-handed (one-handed because I was typing whilst holding my baby) on a mini laptop.

When my son was ten months old, he was sitting in his high chair at our table and he noticed his reflection in our bi-fold doors. It seemed like he thought he was seeing another little boy. I thought ‘I am going to write a story about that’. And that is why Max & George was written. So, the story is not about my son (because obviously Max is an older boy) but I certainly have him to thank for it. So in March 2013 Max & George became a beautiful reality.

I continue to write children’s books when I get time. I never know when or where my inspiration will come from, which is why I love creating stories. I also love buying books for my son because they inspire me and keep me motivated. Often I will take children’s books out of the library or buy them from a shop, not for my son, but for me. Quite simply, I love children’s picture books and I view the really exceptional ones as works of art.

The release of Fearless with Dad was very special because my Dad visited from Canada for the launch. I wrote this for my son, my husband and my Dad and so it is very personal to me. The launch at Avid Reader was fabulous.

My third book, All I Want for Christmas is Rain was released 1 November 2016. I love this book. I was shocked and excited when it was short listed by the CBCA for Early Childhood Children’s Book of the Year.

My fourth book, 12 Days of Kindness, is due to be published in late 2019 by New Frontier.

Cori’s Interests

Listens to: The Monkees, David Bowie, Prince, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jack Johnson, the Cure, Cat Stevens, The Tragically Hip, Beastie Boys, Colin James, INXS, Crowded House, 54-40, The Whitlams, Tom Petty, The Travelling Wilburys, Mozart, Michael Jackson, oh and anything from the 70s, 80s, 90s …

Collects: memories, concert stubs, children’s books, old books, antiques, West German pottery, ephemera, art and old jewellery …

Does: reading to my son, playing with my son, playing with my dog Monty and cat Tigey, writing (I’m an author right?), concerts, cooking, reading, jogging, fun runs (once in a while…), body boarding, stand up paddle boarding, being in the ocean, camping, drawing and painting, working as a public servant…

Watches: Anything on the ABC, the Monkees (yes, seriously), Seinfeld, M*A*S*H (first 3 seasons only), Jimmy Fallon, cooking shows, Black Books, All Aussie Adventures, Mad Men, Grand Designs, Gruen Transfer, Fawlty Towers, The Avengers (60’s series), Utopia (oh my goodness does art imitate life?), Mad as Hell … comedians (Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Ross Noble, Arj Barker, Flight of the Conchords) …

Interested in: children’s literacy, children’s well-being, buying Australian, buying/supporting local growers, real food, helping people, being kind, recycling, good music, karma, health and well-being …