About The Author


I truly appreciate the written word, both when reading and writing stories.

As a child, I wrote poems and have continued to do so throughout my life, inspired by people and experiences. A large journal houses many pages of my poetry for reflective moments and I like to share these words with friends and family. Several of my poems have also been acknowledged in poetry competitions and have been published. I was thrilled to be awarded 1st Prize in the 11th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition with my poem "The Family Cat" in April 2014.

I’m a member of the South Coast Writers Centre, the Australian Society of Authors and the Children’s Book Council of Australia and I regularly attend critiquing sessions with other children’s book writers. The sharing of my manuscripts proves to be extremely valuable and helps me to remain positive about my writing potential.

In 2000, I gained my Diploma of Professional Children’s Writing and since that time, I haven’t stopped writing. These include picture books, early readers and chapter bookings, with Rusty Rumble being one of my favourite book characters. I hope you get a chance to share my stories with loved ones.

-- Dianne Ellis

To contact the author:  sanders7@aapt.net.au