About the Author
First and foremost, Michelle is a stay-at-home mum to four children aged from 8 to 17 years. However, she is also a passionate child protection advocate, author, writer and speaker.
She is a regular contributor for one of Australia’s leading parenting websites Kiddipedia and is often asked to share her knowledge and insights across a range of parenting publications and podcasts. However, her main focus is facilitating adult workshops and webinars through daycare centres, schools and other community groups, where she helps parents understand the reality of childhood sexual abuse and how to have effective body safety conversations with their young children.
Michelle’s journey into child protection began in 2014, when she heard about two separate cases in her immediate community, where young children had been sexually abused by children their own age. So horrified by what she heard, she decided to create a resource for parents to help them educate their young children about consent and body safety. After two years of research and consulting with expert professionals Only For Me was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Whilst Michelle does make a profit as the publisher of Only For Me, she have pledged to donate the amount that she would normally make as the Author (i.e. Author Royalties) to those organisations involved in treating and preventing child abuse. To-date she has donated over $20,000 to various child protection organisations and over $30,000 worth of books to families, organisations and schools.
About the Illustrator
Nicole Mackenzie is a Freelance Designer. She has worked on animated shows and films for Netflix, Hulu and ABC such as Space Nova, Alice-Miranda, A Royal Christmas Ball, Alice-Miranda Friends Forever and Guess How Much I love you. Previously she spent 12 years working for Walt Disney Television Animation. She has worked with paint, mixed media and digital media, in graphic design, illustration, animation and costuming with theatrical productions and Madame Tussauds Sydney. She lives with her Husband, 3 children and cat.
The Author would sincerely like to thank the team at Act For Kids and
Dr Patricia Weerakoon for their professional advice and input regarding the content of Only For Me. Their feedback and expert recommendations have helped create the most comprehensive picture book available to help empower and protect your children against sexual assault.