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About the Author:
I was born in England and moved to Australia at the age of twelve. I had always dreamed of writing children’s stories, but due to childhood illnesses I missed an important part of my early schooling, and for some reason I slipped through the cracks. I didn't do very well at school and spent many hours outside the principal's office for disrupting the class and being a clown. I left school at the age of fourteen to help look after my mother, who was ill for a while.
As soon as I turned fifteen, I started working for a typewriter manufacturer in the city. My boss was a very kind and understanding man and he sent a typewriter to my home so that I could learn to type. I began writing about my childhood, but I had no idea where commas went, or even how to spell, so my stories were filed away.
I married at the age of seventeen, had a family, and worked full time, but when I turned fifty one, I helped my husband to build a brick house in the country. Once we'd finished, my husband bought me my first home computer, and as I no longer had to work full time, I enrolled in an online IT course at TAFE.
It took me over a year and I surprised myself with high marks. I then joined online writing and critique groups and learned as much as I could about writing for children. I spent every spare hour writing, reading and critiquing. I read and studied hundreds of children’s books and kept editing my stories until I felt confident to submit them.
My first story was my childhood memories turned into a fictitious children's adventure, which I called Star-Crossed Rascals.
I’m also a member of a wildlife rescue in Australia, and sometimes I add what I've learned about animals to my work, though I do write fantasy stories too.
So far, I have three children's books published: Velvet Ball and The broken Fairy which is a fantasy adventure story, Star-Crossed Rascals, which is now a chapter book. I also drew the illustrations of the two rascals, Pollyweena Grubble and Gertie McDougal in Star-Crossed Rascals. (I learned to draw while doodling at school when I should have been learning other things.)
And my latest book, which was actually the first one I wrote is: Molly Gumnut Rescues a Bandicoot. At present, I'm writing the sequels to akk three books, plus editing other stories.
I now have two beautiful grandchildren and they are such a wonderful inspiration.
EBooks By Patricia Puddle
Patricia volunteers for a wildlife rescue charity that cares for injured and orphaned native animals. She's inspired by the animals she cares for, as well as her grandchildren, and the abundance of wildlife in her garden.
Her hobbies include taking photos and filming animals. She also draws her own illustrations for her chapter books.
At the moment, she's writing sequels to her published stories.
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