Melanie Prewett is the mother of Jack. She was inspired to write Two Mates after watching Jack and Raf's friendship develop since they were babies. Melanie set out to create a story which showed that physical disability is no barrier to true friendship. This is her first book. Maggie Prewett is the author's mother and Jack's grandmother. She is descended from the Ngarluma people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Her art is held in collections throughout Australia, and in recent years she has illustrated two other Magabala children's titles The Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point and The Grumpy Lighthouse Keeper.