About Me

I am a writer from Adelaide, South Australia. I was born in New Zealand and moved to Adelaide with my mum when I was two. I have a sister who’s still in New Zealand – we don’t see each other nearly often enough but I love her to bits 🙂 My mum is an accountant and my dad is a retired English Teacher. My life has been filled with books for as long as I can remember! When I was little, the first thing Mum would do when she took me shopping was give me a Golden Book to read. Though I held 9780307020130the book upside down more often than not, it was the beginning of a love of reading and stories that would lead to me wanting to create my own. I still have all my Golden Books, though some are in better condition than others. 10 Items or Less was always my favourite.

I went to St Peter’s Girls’ School until Year 10, then went to Charles Campbell Secondary College, then finished my schooling at the University Senior College. I went on to study a Double Degree Bachelor Teaching/Arts at the University of Adelaide, majoring in English and with a minor in History, I dropped Teaching before the final year to graduate with just the Bachelor of Arts. I have been awarded a Mater of Arts (Writing) from Swinburne University of Technology. In 2016, I completed my Graduate Diploma in Research Methods at Flinders University, where I wrote a thesis on the characterisation of Irish faeries. I have dreams of continuing my research through a PhD, and perhaps to go on to lecturing.

10686719_10152755424467090_2543363331234409200_nI was married in October 2014, and live with my husband, an odd cat, a not-actually-that-small ‘lap-dog’ Beagle-Cavalier, five meeping guinea pigs, and three escape-artist chickens.

I co-founded the Sleeping Dragon Emerging Writers’ Fantasy Collective in 2011, and though we are a tad disorganised, we’re still going strong. In 2012, we published the first edition of our anthology, Tales from the Sleeping Dragon. 2017 will see a new edition of the anthology published through Sleeping Dragon Books.

My dream is to write, anything and everything, and my brain is often teeming with too many ideas – notebooks are a must, thousands of them, hundreds of them, hidden all over so that when the muse strikes records can be kept! I have been writing for as long as I can remember; when I was about 5, I used to go to my mum’s office after school and type pages of random letters/numbers. I’d then print them out on my mum’s old dot-matrix printer and take them home to read to my gran.

Unvamped_150dpi_eBookMy debut novel, Unvamped, was published by Caliburn Press in 2015.

You can read an interview between myself and Caliburn Press here.

You can find my other writing from here. And a little bit more about my blog here.

Thanks for perusing, I hope you enjoy!

x iz

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