Andrea Smith was born in the rural town of Emerald in Queensland, while her mum was fossicking for sapphires in the Gemfields. Exploring England in a Kombi Van, venturing over hills in Hong Kong, and surviving a `David and Goliath' battle with leukaemia are just a few of her more memorable moments. Andrea became a bibliophile at a very young age. It was her passion for books that led her to teach primary school children for over 25 years. She believes that she is smart enough to never stop learning and recently achieved a Masters High Achievement Award in Inclusive Education. Living amongst gum trees in Cashmere, she shares a home with her husband and two very creative miracle girls. When she is not at her desk tapping on a keyboard or sketching out a new character, she can be found pulling a cake out of the oven, watering sunflowers in the garden, collecting eggs from the chook house or dusting off her ever-growing collection of picture books. The Big Blue Hullabaloo is her debut book.