With her latest book Wombat Warriors hot off the presses, Samantha Wheeler shares her love of wombats and her writing journey.

What was the inspiration behind Wombat Warriors?

I saw a newspaper photograph showing a roll of wire jammed into the entrance of a wombat burrow. I was so shocked by the article that I decided to visit a wombat sanctuary and talk to Conservation Volunteers Australia, where I learnt there are two sides to the story. Wombats are native Australian animals, but they also cause damage on farms. Farmers have understandably taken measures to prevent this damage, but sometimes these measures can harm wombats and other native animals. I’m hoping that Wombat Warriors will inspire the farmers of the future to make a change and care for all animals.

The main character, Mouse, has quite a transformation. What are you hoping readers will draw from that?