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My favourite authors include:

  • Anne Tyler
  • Alice Munro
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • John Banville
  • Sonya Hartnett
  • Sally Vickers
  • Penelope Lively
  • Kate Grenville
  • Tim Winton

Most loved books ever:

  • The Idea of Perfection – Kate Grenville
  • The Trout Opera – Matthew Condon

My Writing:

The Year of the Lilyweeds – Australian historical fiction. Completed manuscript now featuring in my new website:

https://lilyweeds.me

Won an ASA mentorship which lasted throughout 2015

https://www.asauthors.org/2014-15-mentorship-winners

Also subject of the Varuna HarperCollins Fellowship in 2013

http://www.varuna.com.au/varuna/index.php/programs/varunanews/item/186-harpercollins-varuna-awards-winners-2013

June, 2016

After receiving a detailed written report from my ASA Sydney mentor, Diana Giese, I launched myself into the rewrite of The Year of the Lilyweedsearlier this year. I could hardly believe my good fortune with this mentorship. I worked my way through the m/s one section at a time, sent it as an attachment to Diana who then responded with comments and encouragement.

The m/s was extended by about 40,000 words, (30,000 deleted) to fill out some of the characters and extend the timeline. This required the name to be chnaged to the Time of the Lilyweeds.
I think the m/s is as 'polished' as it can be and I now have to start submitting it to publishers for their consideration.

The Tenant at Holders Farm – rural women's fiction.
This m/s was a runner-up in the National Literary Awards - Fellowship of Australian Writers in 2014. Another tick, more waiting...,

Strictly No Thongs on the Dance Floor - comedy-romance,65,000 words so far. I wrote most of this during a NaNoWriMo program with Phillipa Martin in November 2015. Only now am I doing some serious editing work on it and finding some plot flaws that need to be fixed before I decide what to do next.

I might work on this m/s as the basis of my Writing Project subject at RMIT this semester.

 

Published work:

Obsession Short Story: Obsession – published in 2014 in Stringybark collection Role of a Lifetime.
The Man of the House - short story published in June 2016 in another Stringybark anthology entitled Standing By
Flash Fiction piece - Saint Ned - one of 6 winners in international competition published in 1000 Words or Less Flash Fiction Collection 2 available through Amazon.
Non-fiction article Just A-Walkin' the Dog published in The Big Issue in March 2016