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 management, 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 and volunteers as the The Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Inc. Sub-branches and Author and Illustrator Liaison Officer. Toni is a previous Director of the CBCA National Board as the NSW Delegate and previoius Vice-President of CBCA NSW. Toni is on the SCBWI NSW Committee and is a Role Model for "Books in Homes".
Toni has always had a passion for children's literature and has won a number of competitions for unpublished writers. She 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 the third and final book in the series will be published later this year, DemiChat and the CIty of Gold. Her first Picture Book What Now Baby Bears? was published in September 2013 and is about animals and humans living in harmony. Her Picture Book The Tree House was published in February 2014 and is about a little disabled girl and her older sister who together dream big dreams. Some of Toni's poetry for adults 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, showing her award-winning Siberian cat Nikita, walking along beaches and Sydney Harbour but most importantly looking after her family. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org More information is available from her publicist, Sarah Sheppard of My Marketing Manager, who can organise interviews. Contact Sarah at email@example.com