Deb Fitzpatrick is the author of six novels. Her young adult novels (90 packets of instant noodles and Have you seen Ally Queen?) were named Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia; two of her books have been shortlisted in the West Australian Young Readers Book Awards (WAYRBAs); and her middle grade book The amazing Spencer Gray was published in the US in 2017. Deb loves using stories from real life in her novels and tries to include her kids’ names in her books wherever possible. She regularly teaches creative writing at schools and loves motivating writers of all ages. Deb’s latest book is The spectacular Spencer Gray, and she is the recipient of a 2020 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Residential Fellowship to write her next novel.
In her talks, Deb likes to focus on the stories behind her books, with an emphasis on encouraging writers to be open to the many stories in the world around them. She takes groups through how she came to write her books, including the difficulties she has faced, and always makes time for questions and comments. Her sessions are interactive, fun and honest.
Deb can present to students ranging from Year 3 right through to Year 12 and university level.
‘Deb connects readers to their community with writing that reflects the rhythms of life. Working with our students, she has emboldened them to improve their narratives, and embrace reading and writing.’ —Lake Joondalup Baptist College, 2019