Hi! My name is Deb Smith and it’s wonderful you’ve decided to stop by and visit one of my favourite places, Shadytree Books, and take a look around.

I enjoy hanging out here where I get to do all the cool things that matter to me like creating stories for children and adults, creating sketches, drawings and illustrations, making art, reading cool books, and work-shopping with children.

My love of books, creative writing, illustrating and art inspired me to create Shadytree Books and I hope you find what you’re looking for; something that inspires you.

Deb’s Hats:

Educator: Deb is an experienced early learning and primary school/extension teacher who has been educating children for over 30 years.

Nurturer: My own three gorgeous adult children and the hundreds of children I have educated have helped me learn to be a nurturer extraordinaire, a cheerleader and encourager.

Creative Writer: Forged from my own love of books, I have studied and learned to write stories for children and adults, poetry for children and adults, short stories for children and adults and even a novel, which I am currently working on.

Illustrator: Through my own love of experimenting with art and crafts, I have discovered wonderful ways to express myself, including drawing and sketching. I am constantly on the lookout to expand my repertoire.

Creative Work-shopper: Because I love to share my knowledge or experiences, I enjoy running creative writing and art workshops for children in the hope of passing along some inspiration and releasing children’s creative juices. FUN is an important ingredient that’s added to the mix. 

Detective: I enjoy finding mistakes in writers’ final drafts, so if you need help with some proofreading, maybe I can help you? Let’s talk.

Professional affiliations:

Australian Society of Authors

Queensland Writers Centre

Society of Children Writers Book Illustrators

RWA – Romance Writers of Australia

WriteLinks – Brisbane

Picture Book Critique Group

Schmooze Networks

Qld Book Council of Australia