In primary school I loved writing ‘compositions’. These creative writing exercises had me lost in language. In Year 5 or 6 I wrote something about ‘relieving a present of its paper’ and it earned the comment, ‘… as if it were a living a thing.’ I enjoy words. For many years I kept journals.
For over twenty years I wrote programs and lessons for classroom delivery! Later, a short stint in project management had me writing all sorts of formal business documents. It wasn’t until I stepped away from the classroom and business world that the creative writing juices began to flow! I finally had time to let my thoughts distill and eventually focussed on writing. I began with a historical fiction trilogy – nothing like diving in the deep end! But that sits in my bottom drawer and I now focus on contemporary fiction and poetry.
One day, I was visiting my mother in the central West Aussie wheatbelt where it dawned on me that her cases and trunks of family history are a treasure trove of writing ideas! Letters, photos and memorabilia from the 1800’s onward served as a springboard for my venture into historical fiction. I detoured though and now use much of that invaluable material for biographies of family members.
Coupled with my love for words, I also really love photography. I enjoy writing to images and to art as well as writing exploring other forms of poetry.
I’ve a lot more to add about who I am and what I do, and will bring you more soon.