meet your author & illustrator
Rum is a talented writer born in London UK, he was orphaned early in life and grew up in a children’s home. He moved to Australia in 1992 fell in love, married, and had two children.
Rum’s first real job in Australia was with Nintendo as the Manager of public relations, he loved this job but ultimately was driven to start his own company focusing on human communication skills.
Rum has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world. Helping people to find their voice and be the best version of themselves.
Rum’s passion for words has been lifelong, this won’t be his last children’s book, just between you and me there’s another two books already in the works.
Ella Wright is based in the beautiful coastal city of Newcastle, NSW, where she works as an illustrator and graphic designer. She loves all things fun, quirky and colourful. Ella can always be found doing something creative. She enjoys life and doesn’t take herself too seriously, a trait that can be seen throughout her creative projects. Bringing words to life though visual imagery is a passion for Ella who loves the way illustration can have such a positive impact on people and the environment.
the story of the story
It all started with Christmas lunch 2020.
Rum had, had the idea for The Sea Glass Witch in his mind’s eye for many a year but had never come across an illustrator whose style matched what he was seeing in his head until the extended family sat for Christmas lunch. Rum asked Ella what she had been doing throughout the year.
"Studying to be an illustrator", she said.
"Oh! Can I see anything you’ve drawn?" At first sight, Rum knew he had found his illustrator.
As they ate lunch, Rum told Ella the story of the Sea Glass Witch, and by the time they had finished the Christmas pud, they agreed to bring the story to life.
By Christmas Lunch 2021 we were signing copies.