Samantha Wheeler lives in Brisbane with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a horse. After a varied career involving dairyfarmers and teaching, Samantha took up writing in 2009. Her first children’sbook, Smooch & Rose, was shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards and the Readings Children’s Book Prize. Her second book, Spud & Charli, was imagined while riding her horse through the bush. Her third book Mister Cassowary was shortlisted for the 2016 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the Readings Children’s Book Prize, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award and was commended in the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales Whitley Award. Wombat Warriors is Samantha’s fourth book.