Toni Brisland was born and educated in Wollongong NSW Australia and taught English and History at Figtree High, Kiama High and Merriwa Central before moving to Sydney to take up a teaching and counselling position at De La Salle Brothers Kingsgrove. After further study in accounting and law Toni worked as a senior human resource manager in the public sector and a solicitor and HR Manager in the private sector. Toni now writes full time for children of all ages and volunteers at: The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and "Books in Homes". Toni is the Vice-President of CBCA NSW and their Sub-branches and Author and Illustrator Liaison Officer and was a previous Director of the CBCA National Board as the NSW Delegate. Toni is also on the SCBWI NSW Committee.
Toni has always had a passion for children's literature and taught senior English in High Schools. Toni has won a number of competitions for unpublished writers and is inspired by the children in her life, animals, her extensive travels and the Australian way of doing things.
Toni’s first published novel DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery is a Sherlock Holmes spoof about a cat and dog detective team and is on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Lists for Years 5 – 6 and selected readers in Years 7 – 9. It is also on the South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge List for Years 5 – 6. See www.demichat.com The sequel, DemiChat and the Lost Mummy, was launched on 26 February 2014 (and is available as well on Amazon as an eBook) and her first Picture Book What Now Baby Bears? was published in September 2013 but launched the same night. Her Picture Book The Tree House will be published in March 2014. Some of her poetry has been published including "What Ocean Will I Breathe" published in "Taking Flight" a Poetica Christie Anthology, 2012.
As well as writing for children, Toni loves reading, animals, walking along beaches and Sydney Harbour but most importantly looking after her family - her husband and Siberian Kitten, Nikita. Her daughter, Deen, lives in Los Angeles and works in television.
Toni is available for school visits and festivals: bookings through the Syba Signs Speakers Network. Contact Jodie Wilson at email@example.com More information is available from her publicist, Sarah Sheppard of My Marketing Manager, who can organise interviews. Contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org