Ocean at my feet
Wind in my hair
Stars in my eyes
Stories on my tongue
Decades ago, I walked out of school on a whim. I told the principal that I wanted to experience life so that I could become a writer. I found those experiences - good moments and difficult times. And now, finally, I write.
In December 2013, I self-published my debut novel When Rosa Came Home. A month before turning 50. This book was short-list for the 2015 South Australian Readers and Writers People's Choice Award. See Amazon for e-books. Print copies are available direct from my online store (postage free in Australia) and via Createspace/Amazon and Lulu for overseas readers.
My draft next book, Where the Fruit Falls, was short-listed for the 2017 Richell Prize. This novel explores themes such as identity, colonisation and racism in 1950-70s Australia.
This manuscript will be completed this year, thanks to being accepted into the ACT Writer's Centre Hardcopy program. I was awarded a scholarship to participate in this professional development program for writers.
Since closing my bookshop in early 2017, I have been working as a freelance writer, facilitator and consultant.
In addition to working on manuscripts, I sometimes add to my blog and write non-fiction pieces. I have had work published in Al Jazeera, IndigenousX, NITV/SBS Online and The Guardian. See links to articles and opinion pieces here.
My current writing goals are:
- Finish editing my next novel, Where the Fruit Falls.
- Further develop a new manuscript - Bestiarium Terra Nullius: peculiar beings of uninhabited southern lands.
- Write a novella called Dingo Creek Literary Festival.
- More opinion pieces and educative works, to post here and on my blog.
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