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 the 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.
I 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.
You can read an interview between myself and Caliburn Press here.
Thanks for perusing, I hope you enjoy!