At about the age of eight, Belinda Murrell began writing stirring tales of adventure, mystery and magic in hand illustrated exercise books. As an adult, she combined two of her great loves – writing and travelling the world – and worked as a travel journalist, technical writer and public relations consultant. Now, inspired by her own three children, Belinda is a bestselling, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. Her previous titles include four picture books, her fantasy adventure series The Sun Sword Trilogy and her seven time-slip adventures, The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, The Ivory Rose, The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm, The Sequin Star, and The Lost Sapphire. These books have been recognised by various awards, including Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted seven times for the Young Australians Best Book Award (YABBA), CBCA Notable List 2012 and 2017 and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards.
For younger readers (aged 6 to 9) Belinda has the popular Lulu Bell series about friends, family and animal adventures growing up in a vet hospital. Her new middle grade series is called Pippa’s Island, about starting a new life on a tropical island, finding your courage and the best group of friends you could wish for.
Belinda’s books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, UK, Turkey, South Africa and Brazil, with the Lulu Bell series translated into Afrikaans, Turkish and Portuguese. Belinda is regularly involved in events to promote children’s literacy for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), the Premier’s Reading Challenge and is an author ambassador for Books in Homes and Room to Read.
Belinda lives in Manly in a gorgeous old house overlooking the sea with her husband Rob, her three beautiful children – Nick, Emily and Lachlan, and her dog Rosie. Her website is www.belindamurrell.com.au