A little bit about me…
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost
I started my career as a nurse and counsellor, but after a close call with London terrorists, I took a fresh view of the world and sailed around it for two years with my husband, David. I chronicled our incredible journey via an online log book and the stories of this double-handed voyage were printed in sailing and parenting magazines around the world. I now live in Brisbane with David and our two children, Will and Kitty, who keep me busy but provide endless amounts of material for my notepad!
My adventures and experiences have helped me to grow into a strong, observant and mindful woman. I started to share these experiences online via my blog, Distractions of a Busy Mother, to connect with people experiencing situational ups and downs. I wanted to help people feel less alone through shared laughter, tears and inspiration. I worked to transform everyday events into vivid sketches, showing an understanding of what parents, women and people in the community are going through. Through the written word, I hoped to throw a mindful light on issues that hold people back from being their authentic and courageous selves.
A few years ago, in the wake of a diminishing traditional publishing industry, I created my own publishing house called Mindful Matter Publications. My first book, Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers, was printed under that banner and is now available for purchase online after a successful run in Brisbane bookshops, some of which have sadly closed. I have recently finished the first draft of my novel, Salt, a novel based on our sailing adventures and it sits happily in my bottom drawer until the time is right to edit and publish it.
My current project, the most exciting I’ve had the privilege to be involved with, is called Under the Lino. It’s a Brisbane-based community research project revolving around three 1940/50s bankbooks and money I found underneath the lino flooring of our 1912 Queenslander in Milton. After sharing my discovery on Facebook’s Old Brisbane Album, a huge search for the owners of the documents ensued and as a result, hundreds of us have unearthed local mysteries and stories that have turned Brisbane into a fascinating library of underground stories! The story has attracted a lot of media attention and those involved suggested I write a book about the events! At the end of 2017, the Brisbane community successfully crowdfunded enough money for me to publish a book called Under the Lino: The Mystery, The History and the Community, which will be a mixed media, creative non-fiction account of what’s happened surrounding the documents.
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, and my local Councillor for Paddington, Peter Matic, have supported the project with the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Funding to start a website to share Brisbane’s unique stories and research methods for others wanting to do their own family and house research. The project is being financially managed by Friends of Toowong Cemetery and is currently being built by the talented Rebecca Hope from Belle Design, who is also responsible for my own personal webpage.
When I’m not writing, I renovate, paint pictures, take photographs, volunteer at my children’s schools and SANDS Qld, and care for my family. I have a strong circle of extraordinary friends and family and a growing number of like-minded readers to whom I am eternally grateful for their encouragement, interest and authenticity.