Shae Millward is the author of The Rabbit’s Magician, Koalas Like To and A Boy and a Dog. Shae is an enthusiastic advocate for literacy. She aims to inspire through a love of books, the joy of reading and writing, and the art of storytelling. Shae enjoys writing picture books, poetry, song lyrics, funny or inspirational quotes, short stories and more. Shae’s creative writing skills once helped her win a trip to Disneyland!
What was your first book
There once was a dog who just wanted to play,
But his owner was busy, ‘No! Go away!’
And there was a boy who just wanted to play,
But the kids at school shouted, ‘No! Go away!’
A Boy and A Dog
tells the timeless tale of a lonely boy and a lonesome dog who find each other
and discover true friendship. A Boy and A Dog celebrates
the special bond between children and animals. This book contains the universal
themes of trust, joy, compassion and belonging. But at its heart, it's a story
Tell us about your newest book?
a gentle story of love, loss & comfort.
inspired by a fundamental law of nature: Energy cannot be created or destroyed,
but it can change from one form into another.
Contains references to and representations of the moon and its phases.
* Is a
children's picture book, but offers comfort to anyone of any age who has lost a
loved one – person or animal.
illustrated by Andy Fackrell and published by Ford Street Publishing.
What is your favourite part about being an author?
The tiny town I grew
up in didn’t have a bookstore, but the library was ONLY ONE SMALL BLOCK AWAY
FROM MY HOUSE! Convenient for frequent visits and lugging books back and forth.
I’ve always loved books and reading, and I have many wonderful authors to thank
for that. So, to now be a part of the industry myself is an exquisite type of
As well as being a
whole lotta fun, there’s something quite magical about working with – or rather, playing with – imagination and creative
What is the hardest part about
being an author?
I’m grateful to have a supportive publisher who
allows me to play to my strengths. Fortunately, these days there are a good variety of promotional
avenues one can partake in.
Books On Tour PR & Marketing has a number of packages, and options
within, which you can tailor to your needs. Romi is a superstar – super
helpful and brilliant to work with.
Having an illustrator who is
also active in promoting – which Andy is – certainly helps and provides team
spirit. *enthusiastically does spirit fingers*
What was your favourite
children’s book when you were a kid?
Have you ever travelled
overseas as an author?
I once had to step
over a puddle on my way to a meeting about authorly business. Does that count?
It was a very large
puddle. It carried a dangerously-high sock-wetting threat level.
And the puddle was
deep. So deep, just like my answer to this question.
Have you met anyone even more
famous than you that was exciting?
Yes, I met you –
the inspirational Michelle Worthington! It was at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in
Hervey Bay. I didn’t have any books published at the time, but I did have a
contract for my first. I went along to say hi and you were happy to have
a chat. I was able to purchase some of your wonderful books from you in person and
get them signed – bonus!
Where do you see the future of
children’s books (ebooks/apps/print)
I’m all for books
being available in different formats to suit people’s needs and preferences.
These options make books more accessible, which can only have a positive effect
on literacy and developing an early love of reading.
Digital books have their
benefits, e.g. they’re more convenient than taking a stack of physical books on
holiday, but I see them as a supplement to print books, not a replacement. Never
What is your favourite
way/time to read?
My favourite way to
read is definitely with a physical book. I spend enough time working at a
computer, so reading for pleasure on a screen is no pleasure at all! Reading a
paper book feels more grounded, more intimate. Regardless of genre, reading a
print book has a certain kind of romance to it that does not translate to an
electronic device. #PrintBeforePixels
My favourite time
to read is any time, however, I am an experienced member of the late-night
reading club. Our motto is: One more page, just one more page!
What book are you reading