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!
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.
My Grandmother's family were from Burma.
They were refugees, displaced to England.
And 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 work as a colourist.
Colourists make TV shows look pretty, or cool, or old fashioned, or…whatever the director wants. My main work is on 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.
I volunteer for the Creative Kids Tales commitee, writing the featured author/illustrations introductions for their 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 socio-economic circumstances.
I was long-listed for the 2019 Greenleaf Blossoms competition, for my first chapter of my unpublished novel.
I made the shortlist for the 2018 Scribbles competition for my Junior Fiction short story, 'Inky and the Dawn Torch.'
Read my emerging author interview here
Creative Kids Tales