About Sandi

Biography

 Book Nerd, Reader, Writer, Storyteller, Librarian
 Cystic Fibrosis Warrior
 Mother
 Transplant Recipient

Sandi Parsons lives and breathes stories, as a reader, writer and storyteller. Having spent nineteen years working in educational libraries, she is passionate about diversity in storytelling and engaging readers with stories.

Sandi considers her guardianship of gifted lungs one of her many victories in her on-going battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

She believes that a teetering stack of books waiting to be read is an essential component of every household.


 Quick Facts

Education
Central Institute of Technology, Diploma of Library and Information Studies.
Australian Writers Centre, Freelance Writing
Volunteer Work
Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year (Early Childhood) Judge 2020/21
Human Library Perth, Human Book
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (Australia West Region), Critique Co-ordinator
Donate Life, Writing for Judge (August 2017 – November 2018)
West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA), Committee Member (March 2012 – Nov 2017)
Awards
Scholastic Australia, Literacy Champion (Western Australia) |2013
West Australian School Library Association, Joint LO of the Year | 2015

Longer Biography

Sandi Parsons is a self-proclaimed Book Nerd. A passionate reader all her life, Sandi believes in the magic of reading and has made a career out of her love of literature. She works as a children’s librarian by day and writes for children in her spare time.

Sandi uses real-life situations in her books. Her son, who loved to sneak and spy was the inspiration for the character of Jeremy in her first book, The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses, while her disgracefully behaved dog, Pepsi Parsons features in her latest children’s book, Pepsi the Problem Puppy. Her family members now know to be careful what they say or do, or run the risk of featuring in her next story!

Sandi considers her guardianship of gifted lungs one of her many victories in her on-going battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Sandi was 38 when she underwent a double lung transplant. She is a passionate advocate for both Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation. Her first book, published in 2012, The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses (under the name Sandi Bowie) was created to help educate and raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

She lives in Western Australia with her husband and a ‘To Be Read’ pile of books so high that they frequently threaten to cause a book-a-launch.

  • “Pepsi the Problem Puppy”, is based on the naughty shenanigans of her dog, Pepsi Parsons – Canine Story Advisor.  You can read more about Pepsi here.
  • Sandi is writing a fantasy trilogy for young adults with her son, Jarryn.
  • Sandi is a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.
  • Sandi had a life-saving double lung transplant on Sixty-Five Roses Day in May, 2011
  • The scene in The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses, where Jeremy peeks through the window is based on a real-life situation.
  • The character of Jeremy in The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses is loosely based upon her son, Jarryn.

 

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Sandi Parsons

The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses

With Pepsi July 2017

Sandi Parsons 2017

With her son, Jarryn in 2011

Nebuliser Treatment, 1975

Covers

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Pepsi the Problem Puppy by Sandi Parsons, illustrations by Aśka

9780987615701

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Pepsi the Problem Puppy by Sandi Parsons, illustrations by Aśka

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Writing the Dream Anthology

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The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses by Sandi Bowie & S.J. Hutton

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The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses

9780646938837

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Sandi’s Bibliography
You’ll find a full list of published works – including freelance writing – here. 

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