I was a closet writer for several years before I got brave enough to share my work with anyone. At 24, I joined Eyre Writers Inc, a creative writing group
in the seaside town of Port Lincoln. My first novel was a 100,000 word family
My novel was not published and as I spent more time with the writers group I discovered why. My writing was raw, wordy, and lacking in finesse. I desperately wanted to be a writer and set out to improve my writing by
attending workshops and classes whenever they were offered. And improve I did.
a workshop on 'How to write a Mills and Boon' novel, I embarked on a new direction—writing
the romance novel, but even with significant improvements in my style,
publication remained elusive. After studying children's literature at
university I wrote the first draft of The Scorpions Heart but despite
several redrafts, it remained unpublished.
a while, life—raising three children, a marriage breakup, and studying—got in
the way and writing was temporarily abandoned. I went on to work in
marketing and fundraising for five years and then moved to Volunteer Management
with a large not-for-profit. But the stories remained in my head and
eventually one cried to be released onto paper. So I took up the pen again
(or the computer keyboard, as it was this time).
being made redundant from the job I loved in 2011 I became a carer for my frail, vision-impaired mother and turned to fulfilling my dream of becoming a writer. Two years later, my significantly re-worked young adult novel, The
Scorpions Heart, was accepted for publication. It was a heart stopping
moment and the realisation of a lifelong dream.
When I am not writing I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, especially my mother, and my three wonderful adult children and my two adorable grandchildren.
I also enjoy egg decorating and carving, reading of course, painting and cooking.
And of course spending time with my fur babies