Michelle Worthington is an award-winning children's author and international guest speaker on the power of storytelling. Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children and supports the vision of empowering youth through education and working on books that are purposeful, innovative and inspirational.
Hi, I’m Dave Atze; a professional fun-haver and all-round goofball from
a small town in South Australia. I have been illustrating kids books
for 7 years and authoring them for no years.
called my first book Belly Button Fluff so I could say awesome stuff
“Just hold my Belly Button Fluff in your hands, see how colourful it
is? It will make you feel warm and maybe giggle a bit, too.” And “put
your kids to bed with Dave’s Belly Button Fluff! They’ll love it!”
was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?
Belly Button Fluff and yes indeedy, it has.
What was your first
I self-published a book called Don’t Shut the Door with Melbourne
Author Matt Nichols. I illustrated it.
Then a wonderful and beautiful young lady, Michelle Worthington saw
“DSTD” and said to her publisher at the time “pwitty pwees can Dave
Illustrate my next book The Three-Legged Kangaroo from Uluru?
They said yes and we all lived happily ever after.
What is your
favourite part about being an author?
Getting to draw the silly stuff that I write about. Wait... umm, yeah,
I’m like 10% Author 90% Illustrator
What is the hardest
part about being an author?
Words, grammar, all that technical stuff. I’m not good at that stuff.
But I can tell a fun story. I am very lucky these magical creatures
called editors exist. Thanks Diane and Allison!!
What do you do for
I draw. I run. I take photos. And most of all spend time with my wife
Ashleigh and Daughter Ella.
How do you test out
your stories? Or who do you test them on?
Friends and family, running buddies and my Author/Illustrator
What was your
favourite children’s book when you were a kid?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
What is your
favourite children’s book now?
Little Baa Baa and Quirky Turkey in I love lemonade.
Have you met anyone
even more famous than you that was exciting?
I don’t really live anywhere near anyone who would be famous.
What writing genre do
you like to do the most?
I like da funny stuff.
What do you consider
your biggest achievement?
I think I have 3 as they all feel quite equal and required a lot of
I ran a 100km race
through the bush. It took 15hrs. (30km with baaaad stomach cramps)
I became a
second-degree black belt, and the grading was on par with running
100kms. There were black eyes and broken ribs.
Getting that letter
from the publisher saying ‘we loved your manuscript, and we would
love to publish your book’. Less grueling but still so many hours
your favourite way/time to read?
Bedtime stories with my daughter are the best!!
What book are you
reading right now?
Ella is learning numbers at the moment and is enjoying Spot can count.
Michelle Worthington is an international award-winning author,
screenwriter and business woman. Shortlisted twice for the Children's
Book Council of Australia's picture book of the year, two-time winner
of the International Book Award and finalist in the USA Best Book
Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award and a Silver
Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in
literature. Michelle was the recipient of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Gold
Award for Business Excellence and the winner of the 2018 Redlands BaR
award for Best Start Up Business.
Michelle is also a real life book fairy. Her magic powers include
turning coffee into award-winning books. Anthology Angels and Authors Online, she waves her wand
to coach aspiring authors and illustrators all over the world achieve
their dreams of publication. Whether she’s a fairy, a mermaid, a
pirate or an elf, Michelle celebrates empowering readers and
storytellers to dream big.