I am a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction with an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. I facilitate creative writing groups, provide freelance services in writing and editing and work in a secondary school as the Library, Communications and Marketing Manager.
I have fiction and creative non-fiction stories published in a number of anthologies and publications, including Building Bridges, Frayed, Victorian Writer, and the 2015 and 2016 Grieve Anthologies. I have poetry and an essay in Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain edited by Heather Taylor Johnson and published by UWA Publishing. You can find more about my publications here.
My current writing project is based on my female First Fleet convict ancestor who was a single mother. The novel explores the mother-daughter relationship and what mothers do to ensure their child thrives. In addition to that, I writes creative non-fiction, short stories and poetry. Other works in progress are a story for young adults set in a city in extreme drought and a picture book that explores sharing and another about being responsible.
In my capacity as a freelance writer and editor, I have worked with RMIT, the Department of Defence Forces, Maroondah City Council, Melton City Council as well as neighbourhood houses, small businesses and sole traders in content writing and editing, basic website setup, proofreading, document writing, formatting and editing, facilitation of writing groups and social media advice. I also provide one-on-one coaching to emerging writers as well as manuscript proofreading and editing. See my Professional Services page for more information.
When I’m not writing, working or editing, I can be found reading, pottering in my garden, walking my dog or dreaming of fictional worlds. See my awards and publications or read the blog series I wrote while my mother was dying here. My blog posts are usually about writing, reading and musings from the heart, and sometimes about other things.
I am a member of the Institute of Professional Editors, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Writers Victoria and Australian Society of Authors. Contact me via my contact page for any freelance editing, writing or creative writing facilitation enquiries.