I live in the western suburbs of Sydney with my husband and three children. When I'm not at tennis courts watching my children, I can be found reading, playing board games, watching movies, and of course … writing.
As Benjamin Franklin said, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing"
I've always loved writing fiction. I wrote my first novel when I was ten years old, (handwritten in an exercise book). I still have all the stories and poems I created in my school days, including that old exercise book and some flamboyant poetry projects!
Life took me in a different direction after school. I studied economics at university and then pursued a career in corporate strategy. During those years, I was still writing, but it was in the form of corporate plans, annual reports, board presentations, due diligence documents and government submissions.
Finally, a few years ago, I dusted off my old ambition to write fiction. I have since had almost 40 pieces published, for both adults and children, in a variety of books and magazines within Australia, the UK and the US. It is a terrific thrill to see my work in print and be able to share it with others.
Writing competitions are a way to share and refine your craft. In 2020 I won the Mayoral Creative Writing Prize and the Press 53, 53-word story competition. In 2018 I won an Australian Writers’ Centre 'short short' competition. I’ve been shortlisted and highly commended in 18 comps and made the longlist of another 9.
It has been a privilege to share the joy of writing with others as mentor to a gifted and talented student writing group, by running creative writing workshops and providing creative journals. As an author with Littlescribe, I have further opportunities to inspire children to become co-authors.