Wendy was born in Canada, and grew up in France, Canada and USA. After high school she studied occupational therapy in England, married an Australian farmer, and moved to Australia. They had a son and daughter, and now live on five acres of forest near the sea.
Wendy started writing seriously in 1986, with her picture book Amanda's Dinosaur. In 1993 Leaving it to You was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, junior readers; Ark in the Park won the same award in 1995. Peeling the Onion, a young adult novel based on Wendy’s own car accident, was an Honour Book for Older Readers, as well garnering international awards including the American Library Association Best Book for older readers, and the ALA Best of the Best list: (top 100 books in the past fifty years).
She has written more than 30 books for children, teens and adults, and has been published in 26 countries. In 2008 Nim’s Island became a Hollywood feature film starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler. The sequel, Nim at Sea, was released as Return to Nim’s Island in 2013, starring Bindi Irwin. Her most recent books are The Rainbow Street Pets, and The Nim Stories, a bind up edition of Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea. The third book in the series, Rescue on Nim’s Island, will be released in July this year.
You can visit Wendy on her web site: www.wendyorr.com