I was born in Australia and, although Australia still has a huge piece of my heart, I regard myself as a citizen of the world. I'm currently living in the UK with my husband and our dog, Josie. My five children have now flown the nest and it's a new stage in my life. Aside from writing and working full-time, we are also renovating a quaint farmhouse in Ireland and will be moving there to live as soon as it's almost habitable. When I say 'we', I really mean my husband is doing this renovating!
I have been writing since childhood, including horror stories, humour, and poetry, usually about life as I saw it then. My life is still the inspiration for my writing.
I have a background in journalism, but only studied for the degree to 'legitimise' my writing, and while studying for my Bachelor of Journalism, I was blessed to win the Literary Achievement Award for Excellence in Fiction from the Golden Key International Honour Society, of which I'm a lifetime member for my fictionalised treatment of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in New York. A bit of very creative journalism, there. You can read this here.
I'm beginning to make time for my writing now, and it is refreshing to be able to do this. My life gets a bit chaotic at times. yet I wouldn't have it any other way. Still, this semi-chaotic lifestyle is perfect for short-story writing - not so good for novels, though.
I am trying to persevere with a few longer works I have in the pipeline, as well as a couple of anthologies to keep company with Point of View, Time Is Of The Essence, and my memoir, Always One Step Ahead Of The Storm.
Sometimes I really don't think I have the attention span to write a novel. However, I have so many projects on the go that the characters are beginning to take over my life completely.
Watch this space for more writing updates!