Freya Blackwood Lives in NSW Australia, with her little girl Ivy. They live in great 1940s house with a their cat Daisy and a dog called Zeta. She works as a children's book author and illustrator from a studio in her backyard. Freya and her brother grew up in a very creative household interested in colours, shapes, textures and all things visual. In 2002 she started illustrating picture books. She loves exploring different characters and bringing them to life. Her picture book `Harry and Hopper` by Margaret Wild was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Award (NSW Premier's Awards) for 2010 as well as winning The Kate Greenaway Medal for 2010. Freya also enjoys the design and problem solving elements involved with creating picture books.