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"The Drop-Off and The Pick-Up are delightful, laugh-out-loud novels full of charm and warmth."

Liane Moriarty

ABOUT FIONA:

Fiona has been writing books, and writing and performing for television, film, and theatre, for over twenty years. She has penned several books over the past few years, including two adult fiction novels for Echo Publishing, The Drop-off and The Pick-up, five books in Sam Kerr’s junior fiction series, Kicking Goals, 97-year-old holocaust survivor Abram Goldberg’s memoir - The Strength of Hope, five books in Liz Watson’s junior fiction series, Diary of a Netball Star, three books in the Trolls series for Dreamworks, No Apologies, co-written with Sharni Layton, and two picture books for footballer, Marcus Bontompelli. Fiona is currently co-writing her new adult fiction novel with her husband, Mike McLeish, Death of a Nineties Rock Star, as well as two new middle grade fiction novels for Affirm Press and Scholastic.

Fiona co-authored the children’s book series, The Super Moopers, with Sally Rippin, and has written four books in the Miraculous kids book series, based on the animated TV series. Fiona was head scriptwriter on ABC3 kid’s television series, Prank Patrol and has worked as a story consultant on such shows as Bed of Roses, The Time of Our Lives and Seven Types of Ambiguity.

In 2019, Fiona co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the internationally award-winning comedy web series, The Drop Off, with her husband, Mike McLeish. Channel 9 screened a telemovie version of the show in 2021. Fiona and Mike adapted The Drop Off into an adult fiction novel with Echo Publishing. It was released in 2020 and its sequel, The Pick-up, was released in the following year in 2021.

Her numerous television acting credits include roles in The Beautiful Lie, Upright, Tangle, Ex-PM, Mr & Mrs Murder, The Time of Our Lives, Offspring, Beaconsfield and The Librarians. She has performed in, and written, numerous theatre productions, including the hit show, Plus One, for MICF with her husband, Mike McLeish. In 2019, Fiona and Mike were given funding by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation to develop their teen TV series - The Cliffs - and received further development funding from Film Victoria in 2021. Fiona co-starred and co-wrote on various sketch comedy series’, including Flipside on ABCTV, Comedy Inc – The Late Shift on Channel 9, and SkitHouse on Channel 10.