After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail twice! She was the writer/producer of a national kids' TV show on Network TEN before leaving to write 25 books, including the Max Remy series, Grimsdon and New City, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa: A New Australian, was inspired by her dad who migrated to Australia after the devastation of WW2. Her latest books are The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero.