Queek's Race in Outer Space

Written & Illustrated by Carrie Mortleman


Carrie Alda Mortleman (born 3 September 1979) is an English / Australian children's book writer and illustrator.
Her first book Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant was released and picked up by a publisher in 2016. And her 2nd book Queek's Race in Outer Space was released in 2017.
Trained as a graphic designer she uses a bold graphic style of illustration overlaid with rich colours and textures of photography shot at home and in her travels. Her writing style is a rhyming poem with a catchy rhythm. She terms her work 'edible literature' in that all the main characters are made of yummy delicious food.

Early Life:

Born & raised in Sydney Australia by 2 loving parents, Carrie was lucky enough to be the baby with 3 older siblings. She was selected for the Opportunity Class in Beecroft Primary School and later accepted to James Ruse Agricultural Selective High School. Dipped into this melting pot of cultures and intellect, her love of literature was forged by the iron fist of her English Teacher Miss Anderson. Miss Anderson taught her to adore Shakespeare, and to FEEL through Browning's dramatically dark poem Porphyria's Lover. But most of all she taught her passion, love and triumph in life and literature.

Education & Influence:

She went on to attain a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney, majoring in Marketing and French Language & Culture.

Carrie is a self-trained web & graphic designer and a skilled photographer.

She currently assists in teaching English in Calafell, Spain, and loves helping young children learn, laugh, imagine, read, make, speak and flourish. She is active in her local community as an English teacher and amateur Padel player.

Personal Life:

Carrie Mortleman is also known by her married name Carrie Jeziorny. She lives with her husband, 2 young daughters and labradoodle in the sleepy little seaside town of Calafell, Spain. She is a passionate, intelligent, warm, caring and gregarious personality who strives to leave a positive, abstract & lasting happy impression on all she meets.

Follow Carrie Mortleman the Author:

On GoodReads and On Amazon


Television Appearance on TV3 Cataluña, Spain:

In 2016 I was honoured to be the 'return to season feature' for a popular Catalonian television program named Tot Un Món. The program features foreigners who move to the area, what they do and why they love their new life.

I was over-joyed to be chosen for my children's picture book Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant.

I am much more eloquent in English but no less enthusiastic, positive and happy.


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I read regularly at Come in Libreria in Barcelona and have previously read in libraries, schools and shopping centres such as El Corte Ingles.

Please contact me if you would like me to come and read & perform writing & illustrating workshops, or guide in the creation of crafts at your shop, school or library - I adore this part of my job and the best part is that the children get to take home their very own piece of art to be proud of!


Reading & Careers Talks at Richmond International School:

On World Book Day 2018 I had the plasure of reading my book to younger students, and conducting careers talkins with older students.
We did workshops including; colouring in, make and illustrate your own book and career talks on how to use programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for illustration. With guidance on how to create their own little stanza (like a small rap) which would be the first paragraph of their book or song.
A wonderful day brainstorming with students!