Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, reading was my escape from the loneliness of being an only child and by the age of 8, I was penning my own stories.
By the time I graduated from high school, I’d decided to turn my dream of writing novels into a reality; however, life doesn’t care about our dreams, because it often has its own plans in store for us. My writing aspirations were put on hold while I got married and gave birth to two beautiful boys – one diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder – volunteered with disability organisations, and worked in numerous tedious jobs, such as a telemarketer, a retail assistant and a barista.
In between fundraisers, playdates and housework, I continued to read (and read, and read, and read). I also began to write a YA novel, which reignited my passion for creative writing. The novel, Clubland, was highly praised by the editorial team of Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize in 2011, but only just failed to make the shortlist for publication.
This prompted me to enrol in the TAFESA Adelaide Centre for the Arts, where I earned an Advanced Diploma of the Arts (Professional Writing) in 2017 after four years of studying.
I have not yet had any work published, but I hope to amend this soon. I currently have two short story collections and three novels (two of which are the first in fantasy trilogies) in progress.
I don’t write for one specific genre – my work ranges from YA and contemporary fiction, to thrillers and chick-lit, to fantasy trilogies and family sagas. It all depends on the story, or sometimes the characters, whichever comes into formation first. I also write screenplays, reviews, biographical articles, memoirs and essays.
I can read, write and speak basic French, mais j’espère être un jour couramment.
I currently live in Adelaide, South Australia with my family.
1. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
2. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
3. The Casteel family saga by Virginia Andrews
4. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
7. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
8. Tully by Paullina Simons