I started writing to escape the real world and to "hang out" with people of my choosing. I continued writing because those characters and worlds wanted to exist in other people's mind as well as my own.
Now I write fantasy for children and adults.
It started many years ago when I was unhappy with my life. I wanted a knight in shining armour to ride up to me, sweep me off my feet and take me somewhere beautiful and peaceful. Knowing it would never happen, I started writing fantasy stories. The main character was always me, without the flaws, and the male character was the knight I had always daydreamed about.
What started out as a lovely way to escape an unpleasant life quickly became a need to explore new worlds. I developed a keen desire to put words to paper, and later to type words onto a screen. In a three year period, I wrote two 200,000+ manuscripts. They were total rubbish and were both scrapped by me later, but at some stage during those years, I crossed the line from being a closet writer to a writer who wanted publication.Suddenly I took writing seriously and turned to the internet to learn more.
A writer writes. It's a lonely business. And it's not as easy as some would think. However, as my word count climbed higher and higher, I was rewarded with the knowledge that my craft improved tenfold. Eventually, I started writing manuscripts I was proud of, manuscripts worthy of publication. Yet I never stop learning because the world of publishing doesn't stand still. Technology changes every year. What was not acceptable a few years ago will become common place in a few short years, I’m sure of it, and I want to be amongst the happy rush when that new era of readers suddenly cry out, "We want more books, we want different authors and we want them now!"
Awards and Memberships:
Honourable Mention, AFWD Short Story Competition, judged by Fiona McIntosh 2003
Member, NSW Writers’ Association 2003 to present
Workshops and Courses Attended:
Certificate: Short Story - Australian College QED, 2011
Writer’s Toolbox (4 day course) – Springwood, NSW August 2004
Creative Writer (via correspondence) – 1 year course 2000
The King's Riddle (Land of Miu, #2), Kayelle Press, January 2012
The Land of Miu (Land of Miu, #1, 2nd ed.), Kayelle Press, November 2011
Boundaries (short story) - Hope, Kayelle Press, October 2011
Cat's Eyes (Land of Miu, #1), Kayelle Press, December 2010
Where Strength Lies (short story) – Speculative Realms, July 2008
To Assess or Not to Assess, That is the Question (article) – The Scriptorium, June 2003
Cat's Eyes (Land of Miu, #1)
Twelve year old Kate Dawson is unhappy at home. Her widowed mother has remarried and Kate has a stepfather and a six year old half-sister, Emma, who is nothing but a pest. She knows the resentment she feels towards Emma and her stepfather is making her mum unhappy, but Kate is confused by the deep feelings of guilt and jealousy that plague her.
One morning, Emma disappears down a mystical looking well. Irritated but worried, Kate follows and the two girls are thrust into the tunnels of Miu, an unknown place built within the lava tunnels of an extinct volcano. They meet a young Miuan princess and her guard, who are on the run, and the girls are instantly swept into a danger that will test their skills, their friendship and their love.