Jacqui Halpin's passion for children's literature started when reading bedtime stories to her children. They outgrew their childhood books but Jacqui never did. Jacqui writes junior fiction, picture books, and short stories (for adults and children). Her short stories appear in anthologies by Stringybark Publishing and Creative Kids Tales. Jacqui’s first picture book, Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse, was published by Little Pink Dog Books in 2017. While writing and editing, Jacqui loves to sip tea from fine china and eat copious amounts of chocolate. She has a love of bookshops, and should never be allowed to enter the children's book section with a credit card in her possession. Please visit Jacqui’s website at www.jacquihalpin.com
John Phillips is a self-taught artist and musician and has been creative all his life. His skills soon caught the eye of a national company and he was employed full time for many years, producing everything from cartoons, children's birthday cards, and sympathy card scenes right through to calligraphy and advertising material. It was during this time that John also began landscape painting with some success, but the artist’s first love is illustrating. "I do have a rather weird sense of humour," he says, "and I love to capture all sorts of animals in outlandish, goofy situations."