Poppy Inkwell was born in the Philippines in 1970 and immigrated to Australia as a toddler. She grew up in Campbelltown, in Western Sydney, the youngest of three girls. She spent a year as an exchange student in Japan, graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA in Asian Studies and has worked in a variety of fields, including, a DJ for 2RSR Koori Radio, an interpreter for a Japanese ultra-marathon runner in the Sydney-to-Melbourne race, and PR for bands like Vicious Hairy Mary and Sydney’s avant-garde performance artists, The Post Arrivalists. Curious about Islam she went to Brunei to teach English to ASEAN diplomats and lived there for almost 15 years.
Her five children inspired an interest in children and creativity which led to a Masters in Learning Innovation (Early Childhood), the development of PicassoPlay (an art playgroup for toddlers), a transition-to-school program for new entrants and their families, and an Early Literacy program using phonics.
She lives in Noosa with one husband, two of her children and four pets (May They Rest in Peace).
She has sky-dived once.
Why this book? Poppy’s unique perspective has had a profound effect on her writing.
“Teenagers have enough to deal with without the added burden of being told that a huge part of their identity is something to be feared or unwanted, much less ‘uncool’. That’s just not fair. That’s one of the reasons why I chose a mix of nationalities as my main characters but placed them within the context of a comedy/mystery.”
Alana Oakley: Mystery and Mayhem is available from Big Sky Publishing and select bookstores. Alana Oakley: Torment and Trickery will be released in July 2015.
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