About the author Hey there!My name is Ellie Bambury, I’m the author of ‘The Big Sister Project’. I’m 25 and live in Auckland, New Zealand. My passion has always been in storytelling and the arts, and in 2016 I graduated with a Degree in Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Writing and Directing for Screen and Theatre.As well as writing, my passions are travelling and capturing life’s moments on camera. I also love keeping fit, exploring the outdoors, socialising, and getting involved in creative projects.I am riding the wave of the gig economy, teaching French to primary school children, teaching Drama and Film to adults with disabilities, and drama to primary school children, writing blog posts for the University of Auckland, doing Digital Marketing & SEO for various businesses, tutoring English to college students, as well as completing various video/photo projects (see www.ejbcreative.weebly.com), and running writing workshops.Why did I write The Big Sister Project?When I was leaving high school I wanted to take some time out before starting my university course. Europe was my destination of choice for a gap year, but when I realised I had no clue where to start considering I had a very small budget, I felt incredibly lost and almost packed in the whole thing!Then everything changed. I was introduced to the idea of being an au pair. It seemed like such a foreign concept to me but turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made.My relationship with my ex-host family is amazing, and our story inspired me to write about how that came to be. ‘The Big Sister Project’ is all about the lessons I learned throughout my au pair journey, as a young female who simply didn’t realise how much room she had to grow, learn, play and discover about the world.My goal is to inspire other young people to undertake similar ventures, and open more doors for themselves. I really hope you enjoy and learn new things from my story!