I'm an English born author-illustrator, writer and mum of two girls who now calls Australia home.
After reporting for my local newspaper during some challenging times, I decided what everyone needed was a little cheer.
I created Joy is... featuring Sharni and Johnny to spread some joy and in 2020 joined the 100 Day Project on Instagram to deliver 100 days of joy during the first pandemic lockdown.
The Joy is... illustrations have since been featured in an art gallery exhibition and I'm in the process of turning them into a series of uplifting books for the young and young and heart to enjoy.
You can join me on my journey to spread joy one illustration at a time by signing up to the Sharni Normal Newsletter. I will not only drop little moments of joy into your inbox, but share behind the scenes tales from my tiny art studio.
Best friends Sharni and Johnny live in a small house in a small town in Australia.
They've discovered many things that bring them joy including swinging on the washing line, drinking hot chocolate and growing their own veggies.
Since 2019 this happy pair have been on a mission to spread joy one little picture at a time.
Sharni and Johnny's pen pals are Marni and Rhonnie.
These guys love writing letters and sending postcards from places they visit.
They'll often pop in when passing and never miss a party!
"I love Sharni and Johnny! Their little adventures always make me smile and brighten my day."
"A beautiful book that any child will love to have in their collection. Stunning illustrations make it as much fun for adults to read as well. Looking forward to more from this author/illustrator."
"Today I discovered the joy of receiving a beautiful book in the post: Joy is... (Sharni Normal) What a wonderful book, bringing us back to the simple pleasures of life. It is like taking a breath of lovely fresh air helping us cope with the struggles of living through a pandemic. It is very enjoyable, with inspirational text and delightful pictures. While suitable for children, it is inspiring for people of all ages."
"This gorgeous book is an absolute delight. It is just as relevant for adults as it is for children. I followed the author/illustrator on social media during COVID lockdown in 2020, when she posted one of her illustrations every single day, and they were indeed a little gift of joy each day during a time when there was very little good news. The illustrations are adorably charming and of excellent quality. I’ve bought two so far, one for myself and one as a gift. I look forward to seeing more from this illustrator!"