ABOUT ME

I have loved writing from an early age, but didn't like to show anyone because I was a very bad speller and didn't like the way people laughed at how I spelt things.  My spelling improved and by the time I was in high school my favourite subject was creative writing.

In 1993 I discovered that I wanted to be a writer when my story about a fumble-brained funnel-web spider was printed in the school newsletter.  Ever since, I have loved the ‘other worlds’ that words create, and my mission is to create these worlds for many years to come.

 

When I am not writing, I am a casual primary school teacher and I also enjoy creating various forms of visual art and enjoy being in the garden. 

 

Another passion is travelling, having visited parts of Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  I plan to continue my exploration of the world in the future.

I was involved in amateur theatre as a member of Pymble Players INC, located on the upper north shore of Sydney, for 9 years.  During this time I was frequently stage manager, props collector, prompt and fulfilled front of house duties.  I was also elected as a committee member for three years where I took on the roles of social secretary, front of house coordinator and newsletter editor.

I am also an editor and am available for freelance editing and proofreading.  For more information, please view the editing page.

General Interests and Knowledge:

Astronomy, anatomy and biology, disabilities, forensics, gardening and nature, health and wellbeing, ancient and world history, human rights, Indigenous cultures, photography, and visual arts (mosaics and still life).

Qualifications and Learning Experiences:

 

I have completed many different forms of study, from short evening classes, to certificates, to degrees.  I like to broaden my knowledge through learning.  Here is a list of my learning achievements.

  • Currently studying Postgraduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (University of Technology)

  • Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Education (Macquarie University), Exchange Program (University of Sunderland, UK)

  • Currently studying Diploma of Forensic Science (International Careers Institute)

  • Course in French Beginners 1 (WEA Sydney)

  • Course in French Beginners 2 (WEA Sydney)

  • Statement of Attendance for Sign Language 1 (The Deaf Society of NSW)

  • Statement of Attendance for Sign Language 2 (The Deaf Society of NSW)

  • Certificate III in Education Support - Teachers' Aide (Special) (TAFE)

  • Statement of Attainment in Basic Counselling Skills (Hornsby KU-RING-GAI Community College)

  • Certificate III Community Services (Disabilities) (Excelsior College)

  • Certificate III Centre Based Care (Infants) (TAFE)

Writing workshops I have completed:

  • Beginners Creative Writing Course

  • Writing Dialogue

  • Mystery, Murder and Motive: Writing Crime Fiction

  • Chapter One: Writing a Novel

  • Dialogue Writing

  • Self Publishing

  • Writing for the Web - How to Create Great Web Content (Sydney Community College)

  • Copywriting: How to Get it Right (Sydney Community College)

As part of my professional development in my teaching career I have completed the following:

  • e-Emergency care, Anaphylaxis, child protection and work health and safety training

  • Digital Technology workshop (Relief Teacher Association)

  • Tools for Learning workshop (Kids OT)

  • Special Needs Students and Casual Teaching Webinar (Casual Teachers Network)

  • Using Tablets and Smartphones in the Classroom Webinar (Casual Teachers Network)

  • Count Me In – DEP Workshop (NSW Sports and Recreation)

  • Games Sense Workshop - Organising a Sports Carnival Workshop (NSW Sport & Recreation)

  • Making it a Success - Autism Spectrum Disorders (Sue Larkey)

  • Special Needs Students and Casual Teaching webinar (Casual Teachers Network)

  • Using Tablets and Smartphones in the Classroom webinar (Casual Teachers Network)

  • Casual and Temporary Teachers Professional Development Day (DET)