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Until recently, I worked as a magazine editor, and the 13-year-old me who read Dolly magazine and dreamt of running the show was pretty pleased with her future self.
Yet it’s writing novels that gives me sustenance – it feeds my mind, my heart and my soul. It’s my bliss. When I am immersed in crafting a story, I am truly myself.
My goal is to build a long-term career as an author by writing page-turning, thoughtful and cinematic fiction – the sort of books that keep you up way past your bedtime and leave you hungry for the next.
I have a drawer full of unpublished manuscripts. My first was pretty terrible – I made all the mistakes new writers make. Adjectives everywhere. Cliches dripping from the page. *shudders* In 2000 I went back to uni (squeezed around my work life) and gained Honours in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. It was the first time I’d been around people who loved writing as much as I did. That alone was worth the fees.
It wasn’t until the mid-2000s that I found my voice. I was writing a contemporary romance novel that got close to success with a major publisher, and I learnt loads of useful things about publishing and about myself. Mostly that I am a good writer (take that, self-doubt!) and LOVE editing/rewriting. I also learnt that you should pop Champagne for every milestone you reach, no matter how small, otherwise it can be a long time between drinks.
I think of each novel as a love affair – I’m a Libran, I fall in love with everything – but Saving Grace is a keeper. It’s the story I’ve been waiting my whole life to tell.
When I’m not working on my novel, I work as a journalist, copywriter and editor through my company Heartspace Enterprises. I’ve run a copywriting and graphic design agency, was a fiction editor of literary journal Wet Ink , have edited short story anthologies, been on panels at writers’ events, hosted book and magazine launches, reviewed books, been on radio and podcasts, run writing workshops… you get the idea.
I share my home with my highly creative son, a cat, and a galah who likes to set the neighbourhood dogs off by barking at night. I admit, I encourage it.