Michelle Wanasundera was born in Melbourne and now lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains with her husband and daughter and two very sweet finches. She has a love of nature and has studied psychology, philosophy and children’s meditation – all of which naturally infuses her stories.
Michelle Wanasundera has been writing since she was small – letters, diaries and poems. It was only after writing stories for her daughter, Amali, that a real love for writing children’s stories begun. Amali wanted them in a ‘proper book’ to put on her bookshelf, and that’s just what she got in the form of ‘Bubbles and Puddles’ of which she is the star.
What have you been doing before you starting writing?
Admin and editing work. Lots of reading and study in philosophy, meditation, psychology.
How were you introduced to writing?
Probably in school. Also being given a diary for my 10th birthday – apart from a decade or so I’ve happily kept a diary since then.
What was the one thing that impressed you the most about becoming an author?
The writing community! Such a warm and supportive bunch of creative souls all happily learning from each other, sharing tips and sharing their beautiful books.
How is your writing making a difference for you right now?
The last 5 years have been busy raising my little girl – my writing has made a difference right now allowing me some personal creative time – something just for me – other times connecting my daughter and I further through the stories and publication of them, with her the star!
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
Loved, loved books. Often I thought there was nothing better than curling up on a rainy day with a good book, since I was quite young (Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl) I remember being drawn to my Pa’s dusty old bookshelf, it had that sweet, musty smell of mystery and adventure that I still adore and you can’t stop me from rushing into 2nd hand bookshops.
What is the most important thing about what you want to do?
It’s never too late, but that to start healthy coping skills for children as early as possible.
Do you believe books can change the world?
Of course, but we need to slow down to read them, and somehow stop the rush, rush.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing?
Happy feelings in their hearts as they read my words! That the little tips for children will stay with them and comfort them where needed.
What is your ultimate goal?
Help little ones love the magic of books, arm them with little tools to help them through the challenges we all face, to try harder to slow down and enjoy our beautiful world, with them.
Has Share Your Story helped you in any way?
Reading the other great author stories inspires me to keep going, keep trying to get what is in my heart onto the page.
What results have you experienced, good or bad, about being a part of the publishing industry?
Overall good. It’s all quite new to me but so far it’s been positive.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Myself. If we work on ourselves, to be kinder, more patient, more present, more accepting – of course the world will change for the better. But it starts with ourselves.
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