“Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person,
I’ll come up: if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m somebody else.”
(Alice in Alice in Wonderland)
Who am I?
I am the author of The Miner's Wife, a novel about a woman in a mining town in outback Australia and the three men who loved her. My novel started out as a PhD dissertation on the mining industry but I soon discovered I liked making things up far better than sticking to the facts.
My current novel is set in the rainforest of Far North Queensland, Australia. The Timber-cutter’s Daughter is a story about a young girl growing up when timber men, side by side with miners, opened up the north to a new kind of future, where against a backdrop of boys’ own adventures, a lone girl’s story clamours to be told.
I'm a teacher. I run Writing Excellence Programs for Young Scholars with my daughter, Samantha. Each year we run a Summer School and a Winter School. We run six-week online courses on anything from How to Write a Killer Essay through to our ever popular Introduction to Shakespeare course. Our signature Young Novel Writers community is going from strength to strength.
I'm a podcaster, bringing to my ever growing band of loyal listeners all the tools they need to succeed at the business of writing and achieve the freedom they desire.
I'm a freelance journalist and the Southeast Queensland Correspondent for Travel Writers Radio in Melbourne. I'm a member of PALAT (Professional Association of Leisure and Travel Writers).
I'm a writing coach. Sam and I have developed a Framework For Narrative Writing that we use across all our courses. The Voices In Your Head Writing Guidelines are available to you, free, when you sign up for our newsletter.
In my spare time, I'm working on Project Romance: Around Australia in 8 Romance Novels, with the intention of releasing all 8 romances in 2018. So far, I've written three...