I am Carrie Mortleman and I am a children's book author & illustrator. On attending James Ruse Agricultural High School I was blessed with a very strict, very old fashioned English teacher named Miss Anderson. She inspired me. She scared me. But most of all she taught me passion, love and triumph in life and literature. I am an Australian who has lived in England, France & Spain. I have 2 English daughters and a labradoodle, and a mad Brazilian husband who fills the house with music and raw passion. I live in a sleepy little seaside town and am fairly certain that I am a mermaid or a fairy in very good disguise.