Thanks for visiting! As well as writing, I love Paris, collecting vintage fashion, reading, drinking tea and having fun with my three children. Here’s a bit more about me.
I’m the author of the international bestseller, The Paris Seamstress, as well as Her Mother’s Secret and a A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald. My fourth historical novel, The French Photographer, will be published on 26 March, 2019. I’m published by Hachette Australia, Grand Central in America and Little, Brown in the UK. I live in sunny Perth, Western Australia. If you’re after my media and publicity bio, you can click here.
MY DREAM OF BECOMING A WRITER
I came late to writing. When I was a child, I loved nothing more than to read; to escape into the world of a story. I also loved to write little books and poems and I wondered what it would be like to make readers feel the way I did whenever I read a book.
When I left high school, there were no creative writing degrees at universities. So I didn’t know how to become a writer. I ended up doing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Public Relations. For the next 10 years I worked in marketing for companies like Harlequin UK, choosing handsome heroes for the covers of books, and for L’Oreal in Australia as the Marketing Manager for Maybelline. It was great fun; I had more lipsticks than anyone could ever need. But it wasn’t what I really wanted to do.
So, one day, I quit my fabulous job and I went back to uni to study Creative Writing.
FROM ONE SMALL POEM TO SEVERAL NOVELS
I started small. The first thing I ever submitted for publication was a poem. It was published by a journal and it was the best $100 I’d ever earned.
But it wasn’t always easy. I had three babies over the five years of writing my first book. My manuscript was rejected many times. But I loved writing, so I kept going through all the babies and all the doubt and all the rejections. Finally, someone believed in my first book as much as I did and I won the TAG Hungerford Award for Fiction for my very first novel, What is Left over, After.
AND NOW …
My dream has come true! I switched to writing historical fiction in 2016. It combines my passions for history, research, travel, fashion, and writing stories of women who blazed a trail, and to whom I’m indebted; they’ve made my pathway through life much easier because of the way they fought for equality and fought to do things that others doubted women could do.
I’ve been so fortunate to find readers for my books, and to be published all around the world.
I also teach writing courses occasionally because my other passion is helping people achieve their dream of writing a book.
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