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Our Team

At Lil'Rebel our aim is to produce high quality books which engage, inspire and empower your little people on their journey to becoming big people. Our team of talented writers and illustrators are dedicated to encouraging your child to find the magic in every new book they explore.

Mary Anastasiou, Author: 
Mary Anastasiou has been telling stories her whole life. From the outlandish and silly tales she told as a child growing up in Melbourne, Australia, to the response–driven marketing copy she delivers in her career as Creative Director at Imagine Creative.

The arrival of her son Luke in 2008 inspired Mary to fulfil her lifelong dream of writing fun, inspiring, and motivating stories that made him “giggle ‘til his belly hurt.” She hopes her books inspire your little ones to do the same.


Anil Tortop, Illustrator:
Anil Tortop was born and raised in Turkey. She moved to Australia in early 2011 and has been trying to get used to the local eight-legged house intruders and slithering visitors to her garden ever since. Anil also works as an animator and character/concept designer, but has been called away from this affair as her relationship with children’s books becomes more serious. Nowadays, she lives with her husband in Brisbane. In their small home studio together, they call themselves “Children’s Booksmiths.”

She can officially be found at Tadaa