Hey there. I was born in Sydney, Australia, and I’ve lived here all my life. I’ll be forty-five this year. Yes, I’ll be pushing fifty soon.
I’m a full-time caregiver to my mom, who lives with a debilitating disease called Neurofibromatosis. My wonderful husband also lives with Schizophrenia, but most of the time, he looks after me because I get so busy. He brings me coffee, makes me eat when I forget, and he encourages me. My son, who is nearly an adult, keeps me busy too. These three people are my life. Though, I might spend long hours working, everything I do is for them.
My hobbies include the obvious reading and writing, but I also love music, particularly the music of the ‘80s and ‘90s. I like to drive around with it blaring out the windows. I get all sorts of looks. I read a lot of paranormal romance, but I also read literary fiction, academic material, memoir and biography, and for some reason, I have a lot of business books. My next favorite thing to do is to eat out and see a movie. When I get time, I love to cook my clan a chocolate cake.
I study publishing, writing, and everything in between. Altogether, I hold an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Cross University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New England and I’m working on a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at Sydney University at the moment. In the past, I’ve worked as a legal secretary, receptionist, and administration officer. I have a feeling that after I’ve finished the graduate certificate, I’ll probably enroll in something else. I can’t help myself. I’m a perpetual student.
I’m a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Sutherland Branch, an associate member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, and the Australian Romance Readers Association.
The Australian publishing industry is tiny, but I support, wherever possible, Australian talent to create my books. I rely on Australian graphic designers and web designers, the expertise of Australian editors, and Australian printers. Of course, I also export my work overseas, so I use IngramSpark to reach my international audience. Although I am Australian and I use Australian talent, I write in US English. We live in a global community, and I can’t please everyone with spelling and style consistent with each particular culture (including my own), so I adopt US spellings and style as a compromise.
I write paranormal romance to speak to the everyday individual who loves a romantic happy ending. Of course, I write from a feminist viewpoint, and I write about issues that touch me, but I also write to entertain and to instill the feeling that love is not far away.
The paranormal landscapes and psyches I write sometimes comment on our global culture and the compromises we make daily. I build these worlds, which are often brutal and hyperbolic, to demonstrate that peace is possible, and while happy endings don’t always occur, they are possible. There is way too much hopelessness in our world.