||Migrated to Australia in 1967 and settled in WA with our family. My husband’s employment took us to the North of the state, where we spent many years. My principle role was being a full time wife, and mother to four children. I attended night school at Karratha and gained my certificate of secondary education, the subjects taken being history and English. It was there I wrote my first poem, “Red Dog”. It won a competition. Mostly I write novels, and they come in library hardcover, large print, audio and electronic.
When we relocated to Perth I began to take the relationship between writing and myself more seriously. However, I set all thoughts of writing aside when my daughter became ill and I took on the full time care of her and her baby for two years. Later, I joined The Society of Women Writers, where I found the encouragement and support I needed at the time. I was awarded honorary life membership in 2001.
I prefer to write full length mainstream relationship novels, historical saga and historical romance. They often explore emotive issues such as child abuse, adoption and divorce. I won the mainstream section of the Australian Romantic Book of The Year Award in 2002 with Daughter of Darkness. I also enjoy writing short stories, including stories for children if requested. Published stories number over fifty. They’ve been published internationally in women’s magazines, anthology, and educational books such as Oxford University Press, Pearsons, Harcourt and Puffin.My earlier books were published by Robert Hale, and more recently by Simon & Schuster and Severn House UK.
In draft, my first historical romance, “Daughter of Darkness,” won a major prize in the 1996 Women’s Day/Random House competition. After publication the novel went on to win the mainstream section of the 2002 “Romantic Book Of The Year” award.” I’ve been the winner of the Society of Women Writers, WA, Bronze Quill for short story writing, twice. Was runner up in the KSP short story award in 2011 In 2001 I was awarded honorary life membership.
Over the years I’ve been an active member of several writers’ organisations in the following ways: The Romance Writers of America: Judging novels for the Rita awards. ASA: mentor and professional assessor. SWW, WA: Fourteen years on committee (now retired) Competition receiving officer, Federal Treasurer. Branch President. Co-compiler and editor of the SWW,WA millennium anthology “Footprints.” Freo festival: Word of Mouth committee. Romance Writers of Australia: WA One day romance seminar organiser. Competition judge (various). Tutorial presenter and panelist at interstate romantic novelists’ conferences.