Charlene McIver is the author of "Leigh's Wheelie Adventures" picture book series, and "Leigh and Friends Adventures" chapter books; promoting self confidence and self esteem in children with different needs.
Charlene's previous life was in finance, but her hidden passion has always been storytelling. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Her books have been inspired by her youngest son, Leigh who was born in 1982 with a severe form of spina bifida. She actively cared for and advocated for Leigh throughout his short life. Sadly, Leigh passed away in 2016 from complications relating to his disability.
Her first publication was Leigh's biography in 2018, "Leigh, My Amazing Son". Her intention was to give Leigh a voice and to show the world how difficult life is for a person living with a disability.
Since the tragic loss of Leigh (and her husband in 2008), Charlene now finds solace through her writing and sharing Leigh's experiences and challenges using a wheelchair. His fight and determination as a child at trying new things is the catalyst for these stories.
"Leigh’s Wheelie Adventures" series (Picture Books) was published in 2020, and "Leigh and Friends Adventures" (Chapter Books) in 2021.
Charlene hopes these stories will inspire all children to follow their dreams.