Introducing “The Time of the Jade Spider”

Writing is my passion and once again I have had the enormous privilege of combining it with a cause I am passionate about – finding a cure for childhood cancer.

I am very proud to introduce our latest co-authored middle-grade novel, The Time of the Jade Spider.IMG_2571

This book for eight to fourteen year old’s is based on the award-winning story our Northern Beaches Writers’ Group team wrote wrote during the 2016 Write-a-book-in-a-day (WABIAD).

This competition requires us to write, illustrate, bind and deliver an entire children’s book in twelve hours. I have been part of the NBWG WABIAD team for the past four years and I am thrilled to say each year our books have won Best Book in the National Open Category. We have also won awards for illustration and sponsorship.

Launching The Time of the Jade Spider was about more than just selling books and sharing stories – it was also about raising more money for The Kids Cancer Project. You see, not only do we raise sponsorship ahead of WABIAD each year, profits from the sale of all four of our books continue to go towards research into finding a cure for childhood cancer.

With your help we have raised over $10,000 for The Kids Cancer Project since 2013.


IMG_2576Thank you to all those who joined us for the official launch and to Jody McDonnell from The Kids Cancer Project for talking to us all about the organisation and the incredible work being done.

Congratulations to all my fellow authors on yet another wonderful book - Leah Boonthanom, Madi Duncan, Chris Lake, Kylie Pfeiffer, Mijmark,  Zena Shapter and Susan Steggall and a big thank you to Kylie for organising a successful and enjoyable launch!


If you would like to enjoy a wonderful story and help fight childhood cancer at the same time, we still have copies of The Time of the Jade Spider and our other WABIAD books Rider and the Hummingbird (2015), A Dolphin for Naia (2014) and Scribbles in the Dark (2013). Just contact NBWG or order them through most online booksellers.

Happy reading!