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Behind the Scenes

Olive has always thought the behind the scenes stuff is just as exciting as what you see on screen. Here’s a little more about what goes on behind the books.

Meet the author, Alex Miles

Unlike Olive Black, Alex (Lee) Miles never quite made it as an international mega movie star.

She did, however, try her hand at writing. Since her first play was published while she was at high school, she’s written for audiences with TV shows, plays and pantomimes; for brides with the book Sixty Secrets for a Happy Bride and for spies-in waiting with eight books in the Zac Power Spy Camp series.

She lives in Melbourne with her husband, Paul, and their son, George.

Meet the illustrator, Maude Guesne

Maude Guesne dreamt of being a star when she was little, but became an illustrator instead (far fewer paparazzi).

Her work includes illustrations for The Umbrella Girls series, Total Girl magazine, and Australian Women’s Weekly.

Taking a break from Paris, Maude has lived and travelled all over the world (kind of like a movie star but without the private jet). She drew Olive Black while living in Bali.

Helping Dymocks Children Charities

My publisher Affirm Press and I want to help all Australian kids experience the joy of reading and are proud to announce a partnership with Dymocks Children’s Charities. For every one of our books that sells through Dymocks, Affirm Press will donate $1 to the charity which aims to help disadvantaged children throughout Australia access and enjoy great Australian stories.