The eldest of four children, Toni Risson graduated from the Queensland College of Art and then Kelvin Grove Teachers College, spending the next ten years teaching Art and English to Queensland secondary school students. After marriage and raising a family, she has continued to be involved with her art, specialising in paintings of women, but has also worked with other art forms including mosiac and papier mache.

As a foundation year student in a degree in Contemporary Studies at the Ipswich campus of The University of Queensland, Toni became interested in writing fiction. Her books include Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Greek Cafes in Twentieth-Century Australia (2007) and two books for children, Licking Lizards (2005) and Batty Business (2008).

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