The Kids’ Bookshop was very lucky to chat with Belinda Murrell over a virtual cuppa in anticipation of her latest publication, Pippa’s Island, a new series for middle readers about starting a new life on a tropical island, finding your courage and the best group of friends you could wish for. It’s the perfect series for readers who enjoyed or have outgrown Belinda’s previous series for younger readers, Lulu Bell, about friends, family and animal adventures growing up in a vet hospital.
At about the age of eight, Belinda Murrell began writing stirring tales of adventure, mystery and magic in hand-illustrated exercise books. As an adult, she combined two of her great loves – writing and travelling the world – and worked as a travel journalist, technical writer and public relations consultant. Now, inspired by her own three children, Belinda is a bestselling, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. Her previous titles include her fantasy adventure series The Sun Sword trilogy and her seven time-slip adventures, The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, The Ivory Rose, The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm, The Sequin Star, and The Lost Sapphire. These books have been recognised by various awards, including CBCA Notable List 2012 and 2017, Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted seven times for the Young Australians Best Book Award (YABBA), and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards.
Belinda lives in Manly in a gorgeous old house overlooking the sea with her husband Rob, her three beautiful children - Nick, Emily and Lachlan, and her dog Rosie. She is an Author Ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes. Visit her website at www.belindamurrell.com.au