Author Kelly Louise Jarris
Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I am so honoured to be finally living the dream and sharing my stories with the world. As a busy mum of four I have spent a lot of my time doing the most rewarding job of all, raising our four beautiful sons with my wonderful husband.
Back in 2011 I studied in Melbourne and was lucky enough to learn from published authors on how to write a Children’s book. Learning the basics was a great experience but creativity starts within. I decided at the time to release I Wish; now Wonderful Wishes on the App Store, the book hit number 3 on the app store in no time and the amount of positive feedback I got from parents was so humbling.
As the years have gone by I was blessed with one more little addition to our family and time got the better of me. I put my creative thinking cap away and raised the kids. My dream was to get this done as a physical book, a book my kids could hold and be proud of. So here we are.
They are all at school and I am now free to put that creative hat back on again and finally do something for myself.
In the past few years I’ve met some amazing authors, publishers, book buyers and people in the industry that have helped me grow my passion. If anything I’ve learnt to just do me, write how I love to write, and just be myself through my work. I don’t pretend to be anyone else, I write from my experiences with my own kids and from the heart.
My all time favourite moment was having kids dress up during Book week as the characters from my books. It was the best feeling. I spend a lot of my time reading to schools and kindergartens and meeting my fans and it’s so rewarding.
From rubber cars to cake eating dinosaurs this delightful tale is designed to take little imaginations on an entertaining journey before bedtime.
Rosy Sale was the illustrator for Wonderful Wishes, my hand drawn stick figures given for reference needed just a bit of work, ok maybe a lot… the magic all happened when I handed her my story.
Rosy hand painted every single page and brought all the characters to life. I would have to say my favourite character and most kids I chat to love the Strawberry cake eating dinosaur.
Rosy was able to take these pictures and my words and bring Wonderful Wishes to life.
“You can see that this pair put their heart into this children’s story. The results are beautiful.”
Imagine Our Special Place
Imagine our special place is a lovely story about two sisters who go for adventures in the clouds. They get to eat raindrop shaped cookies and sip from a golden cup made from the sun.
Sophie is unwell and imagines what it is like to live in the sky. The book is dedicated to my late sister Sharlene who showed us all what real strength is.
Sandunika Dissanayake was the illustrator, such a pleasure to work with.
Cheese On Toast
“I don’t want this yucky roast.
I just want some cheese on toast.”
Mum has prepared a delicious roast for dinner full of healthy
vegetables like green beans, peas, and carrots, but her boy
is not pleased. Will mum be able to convince him to give it a try?
This book has been received well, even being picked up by Collins and Readings.
I am so excited and adore reading this one to classes as the simple text gets the kids chanting the words. The illustrations are simple and definitely tell the story.
Illustrator, Bagindar Adr (Patittoo) did a great job. Make sure to look out for Crunchy the carrot who is hiding on each page.
Seasons of You
Seasons Of You
This heartwarming story came from a special place. I wrote this thinking about my journey as a new parent all those years ago. After a miscarriage, each pregnancy afterwards felt extra precious and I guess I learnt not to take creating new life for granted. Seasons Of You is about the journey a mother takes during her pregnancy. As the seasons go by the mothers tummy grows and changes as well.
When writing this I imagined it would be a nice one to read to a sibling expecting a new family member or would make a perfect gift for an expecting mother-to-be. Reading this to large classroom groups has been well received they love the pictures that Sandunika once again mastered with her gorgeous illustrations.
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