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I’m a city girl with a country lifestyle – and too many horses! My rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. My first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Essie’s Way, my second book, was published in 2013 and Close To Home was released in July 2015. The Crossroads is my latest novel, released November 29, 2016.
In my past life, I was a secondary school English teacher. Wanting to try my hand at something more creative I enrolled in a Masters degree in creative writing, became hooked and was soon writing fiction, poetry and memoir.
After spending five years on a literary style novel (which remains in the bottom drawer) I dived into Nanwrimo (National Novel Writing Month) in November 20o9 and churned out a 50,000 word novel in a month. A year later the protagonist of that book, Eve Nicholls, was still tapping on my shoulder wanting her story to be finished. The next version of the manuscript was accepted in the 2011 Development Program. After further revision I submitted the manuscript again and was elated to receive a phone call from Hachette with an offer of publication.
I write Rural Fiction (with romantic elements) and am proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room To Read, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. I also teach creative writing through my business Justwrite Publishing (www.justwrite.net.au) and divides my time between home in the Illawarra and my ‘other’ home on the south coast of NSW. When I’m not writing I waste as much time as possible riding my handsome quarter horses, Morocco and Rio, trying to get through my reading pile and attempting to perfect my yoga poses.