Gilda was born and raised in Australia. Her lifelong love of poodles began one day after school when her mum told her to take a peek inside her handbag. There she found a teeny weeny, fluffy puffy, black toy poodle puppy. It was love at first sight.

Deciding to make a sea change when her two daughters moved to England for university, she currently lives in London with her (almost equally poodle-obsessed) husband Julian, and their two beloved toy poodles, the REAL Buddy and Bella.

Inspired by their daily adventures, The Fancy Schmancy Lifeguard is her first children’s picture book.


An Aussie, currently living in London, Julian spends his time as a husband and father of two girls, and as a senior executive helping businesses grow in a new sustainable era.

Julian has won several awards for his art and his large-scale portrait entries in the acclaimed Archibald and Moran Prize competitions have been written up in major newspapers. Julian also creates children’s characters and stories and enjoys illustrating children’s books to help bring them to life.


The Real Buddy and Bella ...

Buddy and Bella were born in Australia and have been best friends since they first met as tiny puppies. Swimming in the pool and going to the beach were some of their favourite past-times until the family moved to London for new adventures.

Follow their adventures @twotravellingpoodles here ...


A percentage of the profits from these books go to charities that support animals and people in need around the world.