I'm an Ipswich (Springfield) based writer, researcher and public
relations professional, with more than sixteen years PR experience
in the higher education, government and private sectors.
I've written two books / manuscripts - Masters Guide to Wedding
Photography - a non-fiction book, co-authored with acclaimed
Brisbane photographer, Marcus Bell
(www.studioimpressions.com.au). Masters Guide was published
by Amherst Media in New York City in
The second manuscript is a memoir, including
the experiences of four generations of women from the same
family, all struggling with impossible obstacles and choices around
motherhood. It is a touching, yet positive reflection on how we must
learn from the past to change the future, and how the experiences
of those who came before us form part of our DNA.
I am currently working on a fictional novel entitled
Dances With Dogs about a lack-lustre marriage that is brought to
the brink when the couple’s public, private and secret lives collide
in a Generation X Catfish story. In one sentence I'd describe it as,
War of the Roses meets American Beauty and spawns a Gen X
I'm interested in the reading and writing about the complexities of the human experience. I'm in love with the frailties and failings of us all, that highlight our vulnerability and join us together in one, big, melting pot of captivating, fleshy mush.
I have also written feature and news articles for a variety of
publications both in Australia and internationally, designed and
created websites and delivered workshops about constructing
identity after adoption, writing memoir, finding language to circle
trauma and overcoming obstacles to achieve success.
I have a Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) USC, Master of
Public Relations USQ and a Bachelor of Arts (Journ, Writing) Monash. I have served as a member of the management committee for the Queensland Writers Centre and work with Jigsaw Queensland Inc. (Post Adoption Resource Centre).
I began my life in Brisbane, moving several times - first to a 1200 acre grain farm at Brookstead on the Darling Downs, and then Toowoomba, Nanango...back to Brisbane and I currently live in Springfield (Ipswich). I've been with my high school crush for twenty-nine years and in 2018 we celebrated the coming of age of our marriage - twenty-one years. We share our lives with our two beautiful sons and a cattle dog who hogs our bed and runs the house.
Constructing Identity After Adoption
When I began writing my memoir in 2011, I didn't realise I was constructing a framework over which to drape my future skin. When I completed the manuscript, I could see myself authentically reflected for the first time. I've learned that narrative writing is an effective way to construct identity following a traumatic event such as adoption.
2013 - 2015
University of the Sunshine Coast
Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)
Whether writing for yourself, family history or publication, penning a memoir is both a rewarding and enlightening experience. Discovering ways to innovate in creative non-fiction makes it even more so.
2010 - 2011
University of Southern Queensland
Master of Public Relations
2002 - 2004
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Writing)