Gwendolyn Gray

Gwendolyn Gray has lived on Horseshoe Lagoon, Casino, for the past 35 years. Watching the daily antics of the waterfowl on the lagoon inspired Gwendolyn to write the story about the little duckling and his adventures.

Bucket brings together all types of waterfowl, including the large black swan, water hens, and other ducks in a delightful tale of a day on the lagoon.

Her long time admiration of Beautrix Potter motivated Gwendolyn to write this children's book.

Being a founding member of Casino Art Group, Gwendolyn has grown as a Fine Line Pen and Acrylic artist has reflected in her paintings.

Her works include landscape, historical military, and realism pieces. Her paintings and drawings are throughout Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, and America.

Gwendolyn has lived in Casino all her life, marrying a local farmer and is a mother of two.

She has become well-known in the town for her artistic abilities and has a history of artists in the family who have had success in their own right. Painting and writing gives Gwendolyn a sense of pleasure and giving to the community also enhances her enjoyment.

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As I have written and published three as part of a collection of five children’s books, I have two finished manuscripts waiting to go to the publisher.

The first book I wrote while I was camping, so I don’t have a specific writing space.

The biggest thing I have learnt is to enjoy yourself throughout your writing. Don’t be scared to try and believe you’re good enough to do it. Be passionate and write about, as they say, ‘what you know’. But also ensure you know what you want your book to do for you, who your audience is, and what it will look like as a finished product.

Look around for a publisher that is open to what you want and is willing to listen. I found InHouse after seeing the owner holding his little dog Jack and I knew straight away they were right for me.

My greatest success is when I published my very first book and I became a Premium Pick at InHouse Publishing.

Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit was a favourite book in my childhood and still is.

As I live next to Horseshoe Lagoon, my characters come from the waterfowl that inhabit the lagoon. I have been watching their antics for 35 years so I don’t research or plan, the stories just seem to arrive.

Receiving the finished books is the most enjoyable part, the anticipation of seeing what you have achieved out of all your hard work.

My husband Ron has been there from the start and has supported me on every part of the journey. I’m sure I couldn’t have done it without him.