Kellie Byrnes is a children’s author and full-time freelance writer with her first picture book, Cloud Conductor, being released by Wombat Books in May 2018.

Kellie is a member of SCBWI, the Queensland Writer's Centre, and 12x12, and has attended numerous conferences, workshops, webinars and talks in recent years. This list includes KidLitVic 2017, CYA 2017 & 2016, SCBWI Sydney 2016, Hay Festival (UK) 2015, and regular Brisbane Write Links sessions.

Kellie is also a monthly children’s book reviewer (check out her blog for links), and a member of various online and in-person critique groups. 

Kellie has a BA degree in Literature from Macquarie University and over 5 years of experience copywriting. In addition, she has spent time in marketing, PR, sales, e-commerce and publishing roles during her career.

Kellie previously worked as a publishing assistant for Pan Macmillan, and then as a sales rep for Pan and later Hardie Grant Gift (Taltrade Books at the time). During these years, apart from getting to read a huge number of books (yay!), she also developed an understanding of the publishing industry and what it takes to make it as an author and writer - experience which is standing her in good stead for her current career direction.

In addition to this experience, Kellie created an eco-luxe gift store, Kindred Gifts, which she sold after four years. Kellie achieved numerous first-page Google rankings for relevant, popular search terms for the business, in addition to receiving over 150 different press mentions for the business and its products.

Kindred Gifts was featured in key magazines and newspapers including Elle Australia, InStyle Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, AFR, Marie Claire, Belle, Real Living, Woman's Day, Women's Weekly, Harper's Bazaar Australia, House & Garden, Women's Fitness, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Madison, Shop Til You Drop, My Business, Dynamic Business, G Magazine, Nature & Health, Lifestyle.com.au and more.

Earlier in her career, Kellie also worked in marketing and PR for the Canadian Tourism Commission's Australian office. As part of her role she coordinated media visits for journalists to Canada (including television show Getaway), coordinated events such as roadshows and the office's participation at travel expos, and otherwise lifted the profile of Canada as a travel destination for Australians. 

 

BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

A bookworm since she can remember, Kellie has wide reading interests. If you're looking for a great book to read, or something for a child in your life, here is a list of some of Kellie's all-time favourite books, and the stories which have had the most impact on her:

Picture Books - Fiction:

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone & Michael Smollin

Anything by Peter H. Reynolds, but particularly So Few of Me and Ish

Anything by Peter Carnavas, but particularly The Children Who Loved Books

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Fearless by Colin Thompson & Sarah Davis

Grandpa & Thomas & the Green Umbrella by Pamela Allen

The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland & Freya Blackwood

Non-Fiction Picture Books:

Shark Lady by Jess Keating & Marta Alvarez Miguens

Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating & David DeGrand

Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey & Edwin Fotheringham

Fabish: The Horse that Braved a Bushfire by Neridah McMullin & Andrew McLean

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins & Jill McElmurry

Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Enormous Smallness by Matthew Burgess & Kris Di Giacomo

The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan & Hadley Hooper

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton

The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman & LeUyen Pham

Junior Fiction/Middle Grade Books:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, of course!

Everything by Roald Dahl, but particularly The Twits and Matilda

Everything by Enid Blyton, but particularly The Magic Faraway Tree

Everything by Kate DiCamillo, but particularly Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Ophelia & the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Neil Gaiman's work, particularly Stardust, Coraline & The Graveyard Book

Young Adult Books:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

The Messenger by Markus Zusak

The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

The One Thing by Marci Curtis

The Conspiracy of Us series by Maggie Hall

Adult Fiction Books:

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (all 3 re-read at least once every 12 months!)

The Ancient Future series by Traci Harding

The Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance

The Dark Heavens series by Kylie Chan

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (of course!)

Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Everything by Jeffrey Archer, but particularly As the Crow Flies, Kane & Abel and A Twist in the Tale

Adult Non-Fiction Books:

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Everything by Dr. Brian Weiss, but particularly Many Lives, Many Masters and Only Love is Real

Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani

Everything by Seth Godin, but particularly Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars, & Unleashing the Ideavirus

Everything by Richard Branson, but particularly Losing My Virginity

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

You inc. by John McGrath

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins

Use Your Words by Catherine Deveny

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

On Writing by Stephen King

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Why We Write, edited by Meredith Maran

Hegarty on Creativity by Sir John Hegarty

A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter by S.P. Sipal

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Speaking Out by Tara Moss

Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath

Peak by Chip Conley

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time