BECOMING A WRITER
I have always wanted to be a writer, long before I knew how or had anything to write about. I grew up in a small market town in the middle of England and impatient for books and stories, taught myself to read before I started school.
Recognising the imaginative inner world of their shy daughter, my parents bought me my first typewriter when I was eight and have kept many of those early stories, most of which were about horses. In primary school, when a teacher tried to dissuade me from becoming a doctor on the basis that it wasn’t an easy career for a girl, I knew that medicine was exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. But medical school meant swapping the imaginative world of fiction for science fact, and although I remained a voracious reader, it would be many years before I began to write again.
It was a ten pin bowling accident in 2012, and the weeks spent lying on my back after a hamstring repair, that led to me realising my decades-old dream of becoming a writer. After completing a number of creative writing courses through the Australian Writers Centre I began writing short stories, many of which were published or won prizes. A writing residency at The Bundanon Trust was the perfect place to begin work on what would become my first published novel, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village.
I am currently editing my fourth novel for Hachette, which will be published in 2021. Although I’m an introvert by nature, attending author events and writers festivals, where I can meet readers and share stories, is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of the writing life.