As a writer, my first attempt (a short story), was published in the Newsletter of the Rural Women’s Network magazine in 2004.
After developing a life-changing chronic health issue that continues today, I enrolled in a short-course writing class in 2008. Conducted by author Lee Kofman, I learned the joy that comes from putting pen to paper and began dabbling in children’s writing, short stories and regular workshopping. It was as a result of these classes that I wrote Alice meets a fox! in 2009 as a first birthday present.
In 2011, yet another health situation occurred and I was ordered to stay home from work. While suffering from glandular fever, I decided it was time for a career change and wrote my application to study the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT. Despite being ‘fuzzy-headed’ at the time, I was accepted! In my final year of study I completed an internship with The Five Mile Press and was a voluntary judge for the New Voices Young Writers competition.
From a fiction perspective, the specific nuances afforded to children’s picture books, middle grade books, young adult or the many genres of adult fiction allow me to stay engaged with what my clients are aiming to achieve. In 2013 I self-published a children’s novel Jack’s Convict Adventures and in 2014 my short story Shot Silk was longlisted for the Visible Ink anthology. Also, in 2014 my piece, Hilda’s Indignation, was accepted for the Write Stuff anthology.
I currently have an 80,000-word young adult, science fiction manuscript on the go that is nearing its final draft. And although considered for, but unsuccessful, in obtaining a Write-ability mentorship in 2017, I still aim to complete the project in the coming year. That is, when my analytical editing work allows my creative brain to re-emerge!
From a non-fiction perspective, I love history, nature, art and memoir, having self-published two books: a family recipe book in 2016, and a family history book in 2020.
To this present day, I have enjoyed the creative aspect of writing, as well as the interaction with fellow writers through workshopping, writers’ weekends, master classes and book launches.