The Author – Karen Witt
Karen Witt is an Author, Senior Child Protection Caseworker, Youth Justice Conference Convenor, Disaster Welfare Coordinator and Registered Adoptions Counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare Studies) from the University of Newcastle and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University.
Karen was born in Binya, near Griffith, and raised on the Central Coast of NSW, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters. Her father was a Primary School Principal and her mother, a Registered Nurse.
Karen enjoys running, surfing, fishing, bushwalking and trail bike riding. She and her family share their time between the coast and the country in Merrygoen, regional NSW, where they have a working farm with goats, sheep, cows and alpacas. The Claw is Karen’s first children’s book, and the first in The Claw Books trilogy which features the same cool characters and a progressive plot.
The Illustrator – Aaron Pocock
Aaron Pocock was born in England in 1970 and has lived in Brisbane since 2000. A lifelong passion, art became his day job in 2007.
Aaron has illustrated books, packaging, murals, tattoo designs and (almost) anything else required! A versatile artist, Aaron is comfortable using multiple mediums, working in different sizes, and rendering varied subject matter.
In 2011, Aaron was chosen to illustrate the Australia Post commemorative stamp set ‘Mythical Creatures’ for Australia ‘Children’s Book Week’ which was produced in a 3D capacity (a first for Australia), coins were minted and spin off items made.
Aaron is available for teaching, visits and events.Visit Aaron’s Website