"The Drop-Off and The Pick-Up are delightful, laugh-out-loud novels full of charm and warmth."
Fiona is an award-winning Australian writer and actor. Over the past twenty years, Fiona has been writing and performing for television, film and theatre, and writing books for adults and children. She co-wrote, and co-produced the internationally award-winning comedy web series, The Drop Off, with her husband, Mike McLeish, and they both star in the series, which was picked up by Channel 9 and screened as a telemovie in 2021.
The couple adapted The Drop Off into two adult fiction novels with Echo Publishing, The Drop-off and The Pick-up. Other adult books Fiona has written include The Strength of Hope, memoir of Holocaust survivor, Abram Goldberg and No Apologies, co-written with Sharni Layton. Her children’s books include all five books in Sam Kerr’s junior fiction series, Kicking Goals, The Super Moopers, Little Bont & the Big Secret, Dreamworks’ Trolls book series, as well as the Miraculous book series based on the animated TV series.
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. She was head scriptwriter on ABC3 TV’s, Prank Patrol. 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, as well as many shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, including the hit show, Plus One, with Mike McLeish.
Fiona and Mike received funding in 2019 from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation to develop their teen series - The Cliffs under the umbrella of their production company, Kiss&Go Productions. They received further development funding recently from Film Victoria.