Toni Grant is an Australian author based on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Born and raised on the land, Toni spent her childhood exploring the reaches of their sugar cane property in North Bundaberg.
A graduate of the University of Queensland, Gatton College, Toni has worked in the NFP, environment, health, government and publishing sectors.
Shortly after finishing university, she moved interstate with her new husband, where they lived and worked in outback communities. Two children, three beloved dogs and a menagerie of farm animals later, Toni returned to her home state in 2020. She now lives by the beach.
Expanding her story telling skills, Toni turned to community projects. Of particular importance to her is the mental health and wellbeing space.
“I’m fascinated when creative output embraces science. In particular, projects that help audiences grasp important social messages. The art science interface is critical. It’s magical.” Toni says.
“For example, the BRAINSTORM project with Black Box Creatives in Dubbo in 2018. We explored the relationship between teenage behaviour and scientific research on the teenage brain. The original play was written in the UK by Company Three. It was a privilege to adapt Brainstorm to portray our western NSW youth.”
“Creating a focus on recovery outcomes in mental health through art is truly rewarding. During 2016 the Pen to Power exhibition utilised mind mapping techniques to plot emotions and find individual solutions to aid in the recovery of mental and physical trauma. We all gained so much through that process. The results were truly magical.”
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.
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 and the nuances of beliefs and traditions, and what it means to be family. Previous books in the series are Serpent Song and Serpent Sting.