Darlene Michelle McPeek

Dream Teacher, Writer Illustrator, and Future Aromatherapist in Torquay Victoria, Australia

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We are all storytellers in different ways, gathering the raw materials of Story along the pathways of our waking and dreaming lives. I started out sharing my stories, visually, as a cartoonist and fine artist, and in writing, through short fiction, and poetry. However, I have recently been inspired to tell my imaginal stories through children's stories and books, which I am currently working on, alongside my other creative projects.

As a reader, Hans Christian Anderson, Peter Sis, Laurie Lee, Alain Fournier, Truman Capote, Thornton W. Burgess, among others, have inspired me. I believe that what we put in does come through us, in some way, so reading good books makes all the difference when writing.

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A creative spirit, Darlene Mishal has been a copy-editor for OM Times Magazine and the Hon. Librarian for the C.G.Jung Society of Melbourne. A published author, Darlene co-authored The State of the Game: ALA Games and Gaming Round Table, in Gaming in Libraries (MacFarland, 2014). Currently, Darlene is writing and illustrating the first of a series of children's books.

When she is not writing and illustrating her children's books, Darlene can be found in her garden, where she enjoys meditation, as well as cultivating flowers and herbs to be used for the purpose of bringing balance and healing to others.

Photography: Jagdish Kancharla.

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