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 always dreamed of being an author, imagining myself tucked in a country cottage concocting Enid Blyton or Beatrix Potter style books.
I also dreamed of being an actress with the Royal Shakespeare company - but that didn't quite work out, so I decided to study at the University of Life instead to see where it took me. Through ups and downs it eventually lead me to Australia, where I now live with my husband and three children. And it 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!)
I love singing.
I've sung in two community operas and used to sing soprano in a choir.
Now it's mainly in the car taxiing my children around.
My Grandmother's family were from Burma.
They were refugees, displaced to England.
I have always wanted to tell her story.
I can't dance.
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
One 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 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 (SCBWI), Creative Kids Tales, and Scribbles.
As part of the committee, I write for the Creative Kids Tales website once a month.
I am 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've been long-listed and shortlisted in competitions. See my SO FAR page for more.
I'm on the committee for the Words On The Waves Writers Festival coming to the beautiful NSW Central Coast in 2021.
Read my emerging author interview here
Creative Kids Tales