Meet the Creators
Jane Gregory was raised on a sheep station in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. She attended the local primary school and then moved to Adelaide to complete her education as a boarding student. Attending university didn’t appeal, so she learnt shorthand and typing and entered the workforce as a legal secretary. After two decades of working with lawyers, Jane has since worked in the information technology, construction, furniture manufacture and horticulture industries.
It took two moments in time before Jane’s long-held dream of writing a children’s book became a reality. The first of those moments was when she adopted a rescue kitten. As ‘Billie T’ grew from being a very sick kitten into a healthy cat, her quirky nature developed, providing a plethora of ideas just waiting to be put down on paper. Enter second moment – Jane met the creative whirlwind that is Danny.
Danny Mulyono was born and raised in Adelaide with a natural hand at drawing. Self taught, it was evident early on that others would appreciate his talents with classmates spending their lunch money on colourful creations. He created his first mural when just 12 years old, but that’s where the pursuit halted; not really picking up a pencil or brush for some time.
It wasn’t until Danny was in his 30’s when he started working more and more on his art, bringing walls to life with colourful murals, and even creating art using high pressure water while cleaning pavers. He saw every surface as a canvas, and told his family that he’d like to illustrate children’s books. About a week later, out of the blue, Jane sent Danny a verse, asking him to draw to it. The rest, as they say, is history.
Billie Books was born over a lunch meeting. Both talking. Danny drawing. Jane scribbling notes. The table was covered in pens, pencils, sketch pads and note books, leaving barely enough room for the plates when the food arrived.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed bringing Billie Books to life, and hope that this quirky cat’s adventures will become a family favourite.