I was born in Australia and studied history and politics at the University of Tasmania. I’ve worked as a hotel cleaner, a cosmetician in a major department store, a bookseller but most properly as a journalist/researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where I met my husband, also a journalist.
We now farm in Tasmania, growing the superfine wool for which Australia is famous. I spent almost ten years as a coordinator for the cancer therapy program Look Good Feel Better and time as a walker for Riding for the Disabled and for the local Dogs’ Home. I have two adult children, two dogs, too much garden and maybe too little time to write.
I write both historical fiction for which Gisborne: Book of Pawns received an Honourable Mention in the 2012 Golden Claddagh Writing Contest, and historical fantasy for which A Thousand Glass Flowers received a silver medallion in the 2012 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
I’m what the pundits call a ‘niche’ writer which means that both the fantasies and the historical fiction don’t conform to pre-conceived concepts of their genres.
What better way to entice readers than to offer you a chance to read novels that are unique!
What inspires you to write?
Through history, storytellers have held a cherished role. One image I have in my mind from a historical fiction I read as a child was the bard seated by the fire and a whole hall of listeners hanging on every word. Ever since I was little I’ve loved hearing stories, reading stories and now, I have stories to tell…
Tell us about your writing process.
I write: I start at the beginning with a vague outline and then my fingers just walk, my characters talk to me and tell me how they want to live within the story… it all turns out alright in the end!
I also create a character profile with images of likely faces attached and a general outline of the character’s background.
And I have a style sheet which is added to on a daily basis for spelling and continuity.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, I ALWAYS listen and yes I talk – frequently. How else can I get the nuances of voice and action? My characters are my friends and my enemies…
What advice would you give other writers?
Write and keep writing, read and keep reading and never ever stop listening to those who are success stories, because they will always have something of value to say.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had spent ages working with an editorial consultancy who scout and had been so near so often. When I turned 55, I decided enough was enough and that there was bold new world out there that needed investigation. I went to POD print press in 2008. In 2010, I watched writers launching into the e-book market and much encouraged, I followed. I’ve never looked back. It’s exciting, vibrant and changes every day!
New authors have to venture down the path that is best for them … one can only read, take in the information and then make an informed decision.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indies are now extremely professional in the way they approach their publication. They employ editors, professional cover designers and formatters and they pursue their future with considerable business know-how. They will continue to be a force-majeur and one hopes that the reading public will continue to support them the way they have in the past.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
historical fantasy and historical fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print