When you live away from the big cities, it’s rare to see your part of the world on TV, in books, movies – anything. We’re a long way from where most of these things are made. So it’s always a thrill to see far north Queensland getting a mention, or being the setting for stories in any medium.
FNQ author Eva Marie Welsh writes and illustrates books for children that are inspired by the wonderful wildlife of our region. Over the past few years, she’s given us Cassie the Cassowary, Croaky the green frog and Bobby the tree kangaroo. And Eva has some new books out, featuring a family of crocodiles and some platypus.
Eva was born in Germany, and had a career in the hospitality industry. She moved to Australia and eventually found her way to Mission Beach. She says her early attempts at painting were pretty ordinary, which is hard to believe when you look at the beautiful illustrations that feature in her books.