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Writing Memoirs

6 April 2024

I do not have any new children’s releases in 2024.   I am thrilled that my books have all but sold out, and if you cannot find them in your bookstores, please contact the publisher to register for their backorder lists.

In 2024 I am working with adults, recording memoirs.   This is proving to be incredibly rewarding for me, and I hope for the clients also.   Due to confidentiality, I cannot give examples at this stage, but I am working with lovely people with interesting life stories.

Many people consider recording their memoirs for their descendants, but never get around to doing it because it all seems too hard or they are not sure where to start, so I am pleased to be able to guide people who decide to take the plunge through the process, and make it fun.

Please get in touch if you are considering writing your life story, and we can chat.

Thank you to Whitsunday Lions Club

27 August 2023

The lovely Lions of Whitsunday purchased a selection of books from me recently, and have generously donated them to their local school library.   It is wonderful to know that the books are out there being enjoyed by young readers in schools across Australia.

A special thanks to Lion, Sue G. who personally presented the books to school principal, Angie Kelly.   Sue also wrote a lovely note below.    Thank you, Whitsunday Lions, for choosing and supporting my books.  I will certainly keep you posted about any future titles.

Hi Gina

Please find attached a photo of the principal of our local Cannonvale State School 

Ms Angie Kelly & I presenting her with your beautiful books, this also went into the schools newsletter.

about your books being donated to the school’s library.

If you have any new books coming out, please let us know.

Kind regards 

Sue G

Library Book Display

25 June 2023

Thank you to the school and public librarians who have featured my books for themes, book week and other occasions.   Thanks also to everyone who sends me pictures of the displays, which of course brings a smile to my face.

This year, due to Lester the Library Dog and Reggie the Rescue Dog, I have received some fabulous photos of school dogs, large and tiny, from across Australia, each doing their part as school counsellor, library dog, reading dog or general school dogsbody.   Thank you for sharing.

This photo arrived last week, thanks so much to the school librarian for featuring my books in your library.


Calamvale Lions Club’s book donations to local schools

14 March 2023

Lions Clubs across Australian have been fabulous supporters of my books, spreading the word and in some cases donating book packages to local schools to educate children about assistance, therapy and other working dogs. As a keen supporter of Lions Hearing Dogs myself, I am really appreciative of the support received by Lions, particularly for the title Harriet the Hearing Dog. Thank you.
Calamvale Lions Club have been fantastic supporters of my work, purchasing books in both 2022 and 2023 to donate to local schools. Thank you to Amanda for sending me photos of the books being presented to students at Stretton State College, where the young readers and Beau the Library Dog can share them, along with other therapy dogs who work on the school site.


Lester the Library Dog and Reggie the Rescue Dog January 2023 Releases

3 December 2022

Lester the Library Dog Reggie the Rescue Dog

Two children’s picture books, Lester the Library Dog and Reggie the Rescue Dog are set for release in January 2023.

Although these two titles are the third and fourth in the series, which commenced with Harriet the Hearing Dog and Gus the Guide Dog, they are different to books that came before them.  These latest titles are not about Assistance Dogs.

Lester the Library Dog is still, of course, a dog with an important job, and was written as a result of some lovely emails from school librarians, telling me about their Library Dogs and the difference they make within the school community.   Keep the photos coming!   Each library dog is unique and gorgeous, and I am hoping that the newly created Lester will be also be well received, and take his place as a useful addition to libraries everywhere!

Reggie the Rescue Dog was written to promote discussion about topics such as choosing the right dog, caring for and training a dog, and about long-term commitment and responsibility.   I hope this book about how Reggie, who is a bad fit for one busy home with no space, but who goes on to shine when she is adopted by an active and responsible family, will be food-for-thought and a learning experience for children keen to have a dog of their own.

Anyone wanting to pre-order Reggie the Rescue Dog or Lester the Library Dog will be assured of being in the first dispatch, as soon as the books arrive from the printer in January.

In the meantime, happy Christmas and safe 2023 to everyone, and thanks again to all who have supported my books over many years.    More updates to come in 2023.

Thank you to Cobram Barooga RSL

14 September 2022

Cobram Barooga RSL have been purchasing books to donate to local kindergartens.   Thank you!   The children of the Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten were happy recipients of a selection of books, and they were also treated to a visit by Toby the Guide Dog.   Their heart-warming thank you note says it all.

A huge thank you to Cobram Barooga RSL, along with the other RSL, Lions and other service clubs who give so generously to the community.

Thank you to Rocky River Lions Club

26 August 2022

I was honoured to be invited as guest speaker to the Rocky River Lions Club in August.  The members were very welcoming and after an excellent meal I spoke about books, publishing, assistance dogs and disabilities.   

Kiera the assistance dog was also welcomed, and did her part to educate and entertain!  

Thanks to Don for organising the visit.   The club also generously purchased books to donate to the schools and pre-schools in their area.   

Ongoing appreciation to other Lions Clubs who have dug deep to educate the community by purchasing and sharing books.   In fact, my recent release, Harriet the Hearing Dog, was inspired by the wonderful work that Lions Hearing Dogs do, and I thank the many Lions who have really embraced this title, along with With A Dog’s Love, which also contains stories about Lions Hearing Dogs. 



Article in Local Canungra Times

12 April 2022
Canungra Times

Above photo: Ann Norris, Col Lee, Cr Virginia West and Librarian Rosemary Talbot at Canungra Library. Photo: Supplied.

Another lovely surprise arrived today when I received a copy of an article, which appeared in the April edition of the Local Canungra Times. The text of the article is below. Thank you to Col Lee, and to the unknown South Australian veteran who passed on information about my books to Col.



Therapy Dog Books at the Library

Last year, Col Lee was contacted by a Vietnam Vet in South Australia about the Canungra War Animals Memorial, located in D J Smith Memorial Park.

In the course of the conversation the Veteran mentioned author Gina Dawson, who writes children’s books, and said that Col might be interested in her work.

Gina’s passion is writing books for children to educate on personal and social issues, and writing books about working dogs.

Having seen Gina’s books online, Col’s wife, Ann and he decided to purchase six of them and presented these to Librarian Rosemary Talbot with Councillor Virginia West at the Canungra Library.

The books are:

  • Gus the Guide Dog;
  • Next Door’s Dog Is a Veteran’s Dog;
  • Next Door’s Dog Goes to School;
  • Next Door’s Dog Has A Job;
  • With a Dog’s Love; and
  • Harriet the Hearing Dog.

These books are now available at the Canungra Library for all to read and borrow.

Col said the books will be a valuable resource.

“Learning about therapy and companion dogs will have parents and students at the Canungra State School fully appreciate the introduction and importance of Sunny the Labrador, the School’s latest addition to ancillary staff,” he said.

“The Dogs” showcased at Mareeba Expo

8 April 2022
NDIS Mareeba Services Expo 2022

A disability and community expo was held at Mareeba, Queensland on April 7th. There were 50 stalls, servicing the disability sector and community. Headed by Wendy Rutherford (pictured), the Mareeba Library showcased some of their collection of books, on a range of topics.

I was thrilled to receive a photograph of the display, which included two of the Next Door's Dog titles, and my new release With a Dog's Love - Clever Dogs Helping Humans, containing sixteen stories about working dogs.

It is always humbling to see examples of my work being used to help those with disabilities, or to educate children on this important topic.  Thank you Mareeba Library, for purchasing my books to share with your community.


Harriet and Gus have been released

14 March 2022
Harriet and Gus

Gus the guide dog and Harriet the hearing dog were released in late January, and sales are going gangbusters.

Thank you once again to the schools, kindergartens, child care centres and libraries who continue to purchase my books and send me lovely emails and photos and feedback.   I love receiving them so please keep them coming!

There has also been a lot of interest from organisations that deal with assistance dogs, in particular hearing and vision.   A wonderful surprise was the orders that came in from Lions Clubs across Australia, some of whom have purchased multiple copies of Gus, Harriet and other titles to donate to local schools and kindergartens.  Thank you!

A particular thank you to Lions Hearing Dogs for promoting Harriet the hearing dog through many channels.