I am Christine Sharp: author, illustrator, book designer, editor and photographer.
I seem to have a calling to creativity.
I am either dreaming up a creative project – be it a book, an artwork or something else – or getting behind other people’s ideas – helping people bring their vision to life.
I have worked in the creative industries for around 25 years, across the literary, visual and performing arts. As well as birthing books (the thing I do most often, these days), I have worn (and still wear) various creative hats. Things like narrator, actor, singer, publicist, graphic designer, proofreader, presenter, photographer, voiceover artist, arts marketer and even (many moons ago) dancer.
While I have, over the last ten years, delved deeply into the world of words and become a maker of books (no, not a bookmaker – that is an entirely different profession), I love to draw on my broad spectrum of creative superpowers to make ‘good things’. I especially love to make things of beauty, of heart and soul, and of benefit to the planet.
At the time of writing, I have written, illustrated and designed two picture books for children, both published by UQP, with a third due for release early in 2017, and I am working on a young adult novel. Most recently, I have co-authored, designed, edited and photographed a cookbook called Eat Local: Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim with the extraordinary Brenda Fawdon for the Scenic Rim Regional Council, launched May 2016. You can read more about my books here.
Currently, I am working with Brenda Fawdon on her new venture Real Food School, an online platform for food education and recipes, focusing on local, seasonal and sustainable produce.
I also create books for clients. Over the past ten years, I have designed, edited or illustrated around a hundred books for various authors, organisations and publishers. You can read about how I can help you bring your book or idea to life here.
Besides all things ‘book’, some things that stir my blood are the ever-changing sky, whole food, dreaming, kitchen gardening, the sea, my fireplace, visualisation, abstract painting, eucalypts, movement and music, sweet music.
If you are interested in qualifications, I hold a Master of Arts (Research) in Writing for Youth & Children, QUT, 2010; a Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries, Creative Writing, QUT, 2007; and an Associate Diploma of Expressive and Performing Arts, UNSW, 1991. Basically, I am qualified to write, edit and be creative, which is fortunate, as that is what I do.
I am represented by the wonderful Jo Butler, literary agent with Cameron’s Management.
(All photos of me have been taken by Natalie McComas.)