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How We Started

I love creating stories. One day, I wondered how to bring all the thrills of storytelling together to help others. So, I returned to my roots, and the village was born.

Imagine a place, not far from the sea, where evening strolls are punctuated with friendly hellos and hot pink gelato drips from waffle cones. Where lingering aromas entice, drifting above tinkling conversations at the local café, and where discovering delicious treats from village shops brings a smile as big as a split watermelon.

This is how I feel about the village project—a heady mix of nostalgia, a desire to connect, and enticing moments to discover at every turn. I hope you feel the same way too.

Here, authentic conversations and action meet. Stories are more than just books, and a friendly hand is always ready to help you tell yours.

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Your Host - Toni Grant

Toni Grant is an Australian author with a passion for history and adventure.

Born and raised on a sugar cane property in North Bundaberg, Toni spent her childhood exploring the land, actively nurturing her creative imagination.

A graduate of the University of Queensland, Gatton College, Toni has worked in the non-profit, environment, health, government, and publishing sectors.

After finishing university, she moved interstate with her new husband, living and working in outback communities. Two wonderful children, three beloved dogs and a menagerie of farm animals filled her life.

Toni returned to her home state of Queensland in 2020. She now lives by the beach.

In 2016, Toni expanded her storytelling skills to embrace community projects, with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing.

Toni is again expanding her storytelling skills, offering assistance in copy editing, writing mindset and design services to small business and creative souls.

When she’s not writing, Toni can be found on the yoga mat, at the beach, browsing vintage shops, architecture magazines or with pen in hand, mind mapping her next project.

Spurred on by her passion for history and adventure, Toni travelled to Italy in 2019 to research aspects of her fictional organised crime series, Serpent. As a consequence, The Trouble with Serpents leans heavily on the ongoing political themes in Italy, the nuances of beliefs and traditions and what it means to be family. Previous books in the series are Serpent Song and Serpent Sting.