Nancy Watson was raised on the land in the Yass and Young districts of NSW, her father being a grazier of wool and wheat. In Young, she was school captain in 1959, and then worked in the banking industry until she married in 1965. Raised with a love of music, she played piano for a number of years and loved singing in local musicals in her early life. After raising two children, she re-entered the workforce and worked for a coal mining company in the Lake Macquarie area for 17 years. Her interest in writing remained constant throughout her early career, but did not take off until she had a travel article published in 2013. Then in 2015, she joined a creative writing group through U3A, where she had an unexpected inspiration to write about Flossie the fairy … perhaps influenced by the memory of a little moss fairy garden she had as a child. Nancy has lived for the past 30 years on the western edge of Lake Macquarie; the many moods of the lake never disappoint.
Natasha has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Despite graduating from a double Bachelor’s degree in Music and Education (Honours) at the University of New South Wales, she has returned to illustrating, studying picture book illustration under Donna Rawlins and Wayne Harris. Natasha sells prints and cards, has taught art classes for children and has painted numerous freelance and commissioned works. She works mainly with watercolours, creating paintings that are sweet, whimsical and colourful. Flossie the Fairy is Natasha’s first picture book.