About

Meet Mel!

SELF TAUGHT CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR & PUBLISHER . THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF COW LICK PUBLISHING.

Author of “ANGRY GINGER”, “Mocha the Water Buffalo and Milo the Horse”, “Zen the puppy goes to the park”, all published in 2020.

BORN & RAISED

Born as a HICKSON in Mudgee, NSW Australia and raised up in Rylstone (a small country town on the outskirts of Mudgee). As a child I rode horses, played netball and got up to lots of mischief with my middle sister; we use to put lots of pink stickers on our dog Susie , went running in the swamp whilst it was raining after we just had a bath. We were wild bush kids!?

FAMILY

I’m the youngest out of two sisters and one brother .On family road-trips my older sister had to sit in the middle , my middle sister & I fought a lot.

LIFE

Married and lives in Darwin, NT Australia with two mischief malinois dogs (Aries & Zen) ,Milo the horse and Houdini the snake .

EDUCATION

Attended Yanco Agriculture High School (Y.A.H.S), co-ed boarding school in the NSW Riverina, from 2001-2004 and completed year 10 certificate then went into the workplace .

WORK

Worked in the following professions; Production worker, Bistro attendant, pool attendant, Bar attendant, Gym supervisor, Casino Security officer and a Casino Control/Surveillance operator. Currently I’m employed as a full time professional Firefighter for Northern Territory Fire & Rescue service (NTFRS) . Part time I write ,illustrates and publish children’s books.

HOBBIES & LIKES

Running, gym , outdoor fitness , netball, drawing, chess, reading ,taking dogs to beach, making photo collages, coffee, music , movies , Netflix, Photo Apps, Peanut butter ,Laksa, paw paw salad, sushi , my family, my career and vodka.?

DISLIKES

Thriller movies with kids in it! Vegemite, anchovies, public bathrooms, badly made coffee and cold weather.

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