I hail from Newcastle in the North-East of England, a wonderful cultural city surrounded by picturesque countryside and windswept beaches. Words always fascinated me.
As a child I loved reading and frequently snuck a torch under the covers to 'just get to the end of this chapter... then the next, then the next.' I dreamed of being an author, imagining myself tucked away in a country cottage like Enid Blyton or Beatrix Potter.
I also dreamed of being an actress with the Royal Shakespeare company, but that didn't quite work out. I decided to study at the University of Life instead, eventually leading me to Australia where I now live with my husband and three children. That gave me plenty, PLENTY, of experiences to draw on for my writing. Of course, there are many wonderful people supporting me on this journey.
If you want to know more about them, simply click on the links in the posts on the Up To Next Page, and it will take you to their websites!
Things you don't know about me
(and might not want to!
My Grandmother's family were from Burma.
They were refugees, displaced to England.
I have always wanted to tell her story.
In my musical theatre debut 'Bye Bye Birdie' I went the opposite way on stage to everyone else, moving as gracefully as a plank of wood.
I once worked in Europe
In my twenties, I thought I'd quite like to work in Greece so I went to a language school in Athens. I worked in Greece and Cyprus for two years.
I also used to give guided tours of Amsterdam and Bruge.
Tea is my favourite drink
Half a sugar, a splash of milk - literally a splash.
Thanks very much.
I worked as a colourist.
Colourists make TV shows look pretty, or cool, or old fashioned, or…whatever the director wants. I colour graded five years of Home and Away!
I love Castles.
Any castle - just castles.
Writing things about me
I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Creative Kids Tales, Writing NSW and the Australian Society of Authors
I'm a role model for Books in Homes,
a wonderful charity providing books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socioeconomic circumstances.
I'm proud to be a founding member of the inaugural Words On The Waves Writers Festival in beautiful Darkinjung Country Central Coast, and to have written many articles for Creative Kids Tales over the past two years.