I have lots of exciting news to tell you!
Following the success of my first two children’s books – “Cassy’s Tale” and “Where is Croaky?” – I am pleased to announce the creation of evabooks, which will be the imprint for further publications.
Readers will now be able to purchase both existing and future books online, thanks to the new website that has been created for me by talented designer Gabrielle from justpurple.
For those who don’t already know me, here’s a brief summary of who I am – and what makes me tick!
I live in beautiful Mission Beach in the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland, Australia which is the inspiration for my books, all of which are written and illustrated by me. I’m originally from Germany but now I’m a dinky-di Aussie raising four children in paradise.
It was my friend Sharon who inspired my first book, “Cassy’s Tale”. If you don’t already know it, Mission Beach is one of the world’s most important cassowary habitats. Unfortunately cassowaries are a threatened species.
Sharon saw paintings I had done for an adventures and educational children’s book about Western Australia and said, “Hey, they are great Eva! What we need is a book about cassowaries.” That’s how “Cassy’s Tale” was born!
“Cassy’s Tale” begins when Cassy, the cassowary chick, hatches from her egg and follows her adventures and lessons about life she receives from her father as he teaches her about her surroundings, cyclones and how to find food in the forest.
Thankfully, “Cassy’s Tale” became quite popular and it wasn’t long before local Information centres, book stores and newsagents were stocking the book – and selling out! (By the way, I decided that a percentage of proceeds from Cassy’s Tale would be donated to cassowary conservation groups.)
The success of “Cassy’s Tale” inspired me to release a second book, “Where is Croaky?” which is the tale of a green frog looking for his friend.
Actually, once again I should give the credit to a friend – this time Jo.
I was having dinner at Jo’s and she told me about three green tree frogs who’d set up permanent home with them. They were living behind her cooking pots hanging in the kitchen. At another place I had a funny experience where heaps of frogs lived inside a toilet cistern, and thus “Where is Croaky?” was born!
One of the joys of living in the wet tropics is that we share life with some wonderful creatures!
I guess it’s difficult not to get inspired, living where we do!
It’s a great way for children to learn about the environment in which they live and to have the desire to care.
I am having so much fun with my work which resulted in a third book, “Bobby the tree kangaroo.” Not long after that I got back to the drawing board and my fourth book “Nipper the crocodile” was published, followed by my fifth book “Paddles the platypus” and my sixth book “Shelly the sea turtle”. In 2015 I published two more books which are about the Ulysses butterfly in “Lyssie the Butterfly” and about the kookaburra in “Who is Laughing?” The character’s name “Bluey” of this book was suggested by Bob Irwin on World Cassowary Day in Mission Beach.
I also have been privileged to have been asked to do book readings at schools and libraries, work shops at schools and book signings at various places e.g. Angus & Robertson and Collins Booksellers. As you can check out on ‘media’ on my website my then two existing books made the bestseller for that month at Collins Booksellers.You can also check out my radio interviews and newspaper articles there as well.
I have added a video and will add more videos and photos of wildlife. So please keep checking in.
Thank you for your time and I hope you and your children enjoy my books.