About Rhonda Valentine Dixon
I have written since childhood. I find it more exhilarating than anything else I do. I have an Honours Degree in Literary Studies from Griffith University and I am currently studying for a Diploma of Family History through the University of Tasmania.
I co-wrote How to Stop Your Words from Bumping into Someone Else’s with Anna Tullemans. This book provides eighteen social stories to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to communicate in everyday life. It features one social story per page, such as 'Getting Someone's Attention', Starting a Conversation' 'Interrupting' and 'Asking Someone to Play' and each story may be photocopied to assist the individual child. This book has been enthusiastically received by parents and educators.
In 2017 I wrote Great-Grandma Elské's Bamboo Cane which was inspired by a delightful ninety-five-year-old woman in my Tai Chi class. Elské is ninety-seven now and still doing Tai Chi.
Great-Grandma Elské has misplaced the cane she uses in Tai Chi. She finds it eventually, and she's very glad she does, for the cane has another special purpose. In the meantime Elské's great-granddaughter, Harriet learns just how amazing her great-grandma is.
This charming children's picture book (for ages 3 to 6) teaches small children that elderly people can be amazing. We just have to take the time to look.
Both books are illustrated by Sunshine Coast Illustrator/Author, Richard Marman.
In 2018, I participated in an author's expo. Each presenting woman had written one or more books. We spoke about our writing journey. The book Get Known Be Seen: How to Write Your Book and Leverage It evolved from the expo. Each woman has written her presentation as a chapter. This is a book that will enlighten and inspire.