I’m an Adelaide author and I grew up within walking distance of the beach, dreaming of life as a famous author or Johnny Farnham’s back up singer. After a stint as a teacher and then a stay at home mum, I decided to make my dream a reality. Writing romance, not singing, because I can’t hold a tune and I’m pretty sure I’m tone deaf. I didn’t give up on Johnny all together though and in my spare time I still sing along to 80’s hits, bake, and binge on Netflix with my own knight in shining armour- who’s more likely to wear tattered footy jumpers than chain mail.
Although I wrote from an early age I didn’t begin my official writing career until 2015. The fact I didn’t consider writing as a career sooner is strange as it’s been my passion for as long as I can remember. But growing up in Adelaide, I chose to pursue what I saw as a more practical occupation- Teaching. Even then my focus was on creative writing and reading. With a bit of drama thrown in for good measure, because who doesn’t like a little drama?
One of my earliest school memories was of my teacher telling me she’d never had a five-year-old write a twenty-page story before. She managed to say it with a smile on her face but I’m sure she was dreading trying to grade it. This seemed to be the theme for most of my school life, I usually had my head stuck in a book or I was writing.
As a kid, I loved Little Golden Books and I had hundreds. My dad would bring one home from work on a Friday afternoon as a treat and it was always the highlight of the week for me. My favourite books were Enid Blyton’s Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree and even all these years later when I write, I’ve been told I sound British. I’m pretty sure I can blame Ms. Blyton for that. She was my earliest influence and I remember trying to write more books to add to the wishing chair series. As I got older I became OBSESSED… obsessed I tell you, with the Sweet Valley Twins books. Every birthday wish list was filled with these books. I ended up collecting the twins set, the high school set and the university set, as well as all the special editions. I’m pretty sure my mother was one step away from putting me into a 12 step program for pale, pasty children who never saw the light of day because they spent all day curled up inside reading.
When I was a teenager I graduated from Sweet Valley to sneaking my mother and grandmother’s Mills and Boon books. Never in my imagination did I think they held such sexy stories between their pages. After one particularly raunchy book which I’d stolen from my grandmother’s bedside table, I just couldn’t look at her the same way again. She read that! As a teenager I was horrified. But that didn’t stop me reading them by the box full.
Now I mostly read crime, thrillers, women’s fiction and an occasional romance. I’m a huge fan of Chick Lit and any romance that can also give me a good laugh. I also love writing it, I think it’s the genre I’m most comfortable with. I also write contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Oh and shopping lists and to-do lists and lots and lots of Facebook posts. But I don’t think they count.
When I’m not reading or writing or cleaning (the glamorous life I lead), I’m a television sloth and a movie buff but my favourite is reality TV. It’s so addictive and although I think I must kill off brain cells whenever I watch it, I can’t look away. Anyway, that’s enough out of me.
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