I live in the western suburbs of Sydney with my husband and three children. A great deal of my time i spent at tennis courts watching my children play an. I also enjoy reading, board games, 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 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 16 comps and made the longlist of another 8.
It has been a privilege for me to share the joy of writing as mentor to a gifted and talented student writing group. I have also enjoyed running creative writing workshops for local children.
As an author with Littlescribe, I have further opportunities to inspire children to become co-authors.
To take an idea and create something that wasn’t in the world before is an amazing feeling. I relish the opportunity to hare that joy with others.
I have developed creative writing journals, complete with tips and writing prompts, for budding authors to enjoy. These will soon be available through the 'store'.