M A Shieldhouse - Children's Book Author


Hi I’m Mel and I write children’s books.  As a mother of two young and cheeky monkeys, I’m an expert at sneaking vegetables into things (zucchini muffins anyone?) and secretly removing the batteries from noisy toys (I’m sorry darling, I think the batteries ran out and unfortunately we don’t have any spare ones.  Yes it’s devastating for me too…).

I grew up in England but, unable to stand the weather any longer, moved to Australia in 2002 to study Naturopathy.  I made my home in the Blue Mountains which, it turned out, had even worse weather.

My next move was much more successful, meteorologically speaking.  My partner and I spent almost two years in Phuket, Thailand.  We worked, had Thai massages, tried deep-fried crickets and had a baby.  After that we came back to Oz.

Seven years on, I’m living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland with my hubby, two small children and a guinea pig.

I barely find the time to write but when I do, I write picture books inspired by my own children; middle-grade fiction and I have a YA novel in the works too.

Do you believe in magic?

Me too!  Click the button to magically receive potion recipes for you and your family to have fun with.  Other recipes and gardening tips also sporadically included.