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Yes. Dr Cameron Stelzer is a real Doctor, not a made up one like Dr Seuss! However, with a Doctorate of Visual Arts, you won't find him hanging around a doctor's surgery (unless he accidently stabs himself with a pencil).

Cameron was born in Hobart in 1977. He attended school in Adelaide before his family moved to Bundaberg, QLD. In primary school, Cameron wrote many short stories for the local newspaper (after his poor spelling was corrected by his mother). He still has a shoe box of gold certificates for his efforts. In high school Cameron discovered (with his first pair of glasses) that he had a passion for art. Cameron stresses the word passion rather than the word talent here, as hard work and reasonable vision go a long way!

After seven straight years of University in Brisbane (where he did occasionally stab himself with a pencil), Cameron took his new Dr title and went to live in London for a much-needed gap year. Searching for inspiration, he stumbled into a job at the Natural History Museum. It was here that he rekindled his love for children's literature and began writing stories inspired by the animals in the museum.

When Cameron returned to Australia, he completed a graduate diploma in education and released the first instalment in his Stroogle series of picture books. Eight years later, the sixth book in the series was published and followed on from three additional how-to-draw books. In 2012 Cameron received an RADF grant to create the first book in his new Pie Rat series. The Pie Rat series have gone on to win a number of books awards internationally.

Apart from writing and illustrating stories, Cameron spends much of his time running workshops with primary school students and touring interstate. You can also catch Cameron running and mountain biking through the beautiful Daisy Hill forest (South-East QLD), where he lives with his wife and three daughters.

We would love to know what you think about Cameron's books. (Feedback helps authors write the stories you want to read!) You can email Cameron directly: cameron@cameronstelzer.com.au.