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 write weekly essays on my blog, Distractions of a Busy Mother, to connect with people experiencing situational ups and downs. I want to help people feel less alone through shared laughter, tears and inspiration. I work 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 hope to throw a mindful light on issues that hold people back from being their authentic and courageous selves.
Last year, 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, is printed under that banner and is now available for purchase online and from local Brisbane bookshops (Black Cat Books – Paddington, Avid Reader – West End, Mary Ryan’s – Milton, and Riverbend Books – Bulimba).
I have recently finished the first draft of my novel, Salt, a young adult literary fiction novel based on our sailing adventures. 2014 is my year to edit this manuscript.
When I’m not writing, I renovate, paint pictures, volunteer 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.