Creative Dragons is the brainchild of author/journalist Cherie Curtis who spent most of her childhood writing about flying dragons and other difficult pets that refused to eat boring dog food. Cherie grew up on a farm where she rode horses and mustered cattle but she always preferred penning stories about everything from angels and superheroes to other worlds. Now that she’s “almost grown up”, she enjoys sharing her love of writing with others, especially children and teenagers who are so much more fun than adults.
Fun trivia about Cherie:
She wrote her first story when she was 4 years old – on her aunt’s bedroom wall. Don’t write on people’s walls – they don’t like that.
Her first typewriter was called Travis.
She once broke her leg after being tackled by a librarian.
She then broke her knee cap buying cereal from a supermarket.
Cherie spent many years writing for newspapers. She has chased fire trucks, interviewed celebrities and even photographed members of the royal family. If you look closely, you can still find newspaper ink on her fingertips.
Her favourite comic book character is Garfield.
Her debut novel, The Blood She Betrayed, was written under the pen name Cheryse Durrant. The book saw a second print run and was shortlisted in the national ARRA (spec fic category).
Pool of Rathorne, published by Ormiston Press, won the Bundaberg Biennial Short Story Competition six years ago, before Cherie rewrote it into a post-apocalyptic novella.
Cherie’s picture book, My Big Bear Story, is used in classrooms and counselling rooms throughout Queensland and was featured at a global conference at Prague in the Czech Republic in May this year.
You can contact Cherie by emailing her at cherie (at) creativedragons (dot) com (dot) au