Before I became a writer I stumbled through a jumble of jobs from television acting to drama teaching to legal counselling to kindergarten dogsbody, to check-out chick to personal assistant and everything in between.
I grew up on the Gold Coast, when it was still a lovely beach village and my father was a high-school English teacher with a penchant for Shakespeare. His love of words and stories was a gift that I still treasure today. I have always written, from the age of about four and I was never without a pen in my hand. I wrote plays and performed them with friends from school to very little applause. I wrote short stories and was thrilled at twelve to come second in the Gold Coast Bulletin’s essay competition, with the theme of ‘My Brilliant Career’ to coincide with the launch of the film, starring Judy Davis and Sam Neil. I wrote about my dream to follow in Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin’s footsteps to become a great writer. My first girl crush was on her feisty character of Sybylla Melvyn and I wanted to be her when I grew up!
Life and boys and bands and then Sydney, marriage and children distracted me from my literary dreams and I traveled about the country like a gypsy gathering stories in my head, filing them away for the day when I might pick up a pen once again.
Somewhere along the way I graduated from law school with a degree that interested me about as much as vomit. It was those tedious years of writing horrible legal papers that became the impetus to get me back into creative writing. I gave myself one year to get my writing noticed before I would throw it in and get a real job in the legal sector (did I mention vomit?).
I wrote a memoir and eleven and a half months later, I was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in the Emerging Writer Category. That was the sign from the universe that I was waiting for and I decided that it meant I should pursue a career in writing.
One Way or Another was released in 2012 with Black Inc. Sandy Feet was released in 2014 with UQP. I have written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Hoopla, Mamamia and The Big Issue.
I have recently signed up for a third book, Hexenhaus, being released on October 31st, 2016 so I guess, all in all, it is beginning to shape up into something like a career.
I live on the beach at Terrigal and plan to take up surfing this coming summer. I am currently writing a follow-up young adult novel called Victorieux, the story of three young warrior women. Two other manuscripts, both adult fiction, are currently being considered by publishing houses.
I’m represented by Jo Butler at Cameron’s. If you wish to book me for an event or a speaking gig, contact her. If you just want to say hi, my email address is on the home page.
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