Writing on, and about, an island

About Me

I’ve been telling stories, with pictures, since I was little.

Although I have always defined myself as Tasmanian, I lived and worked in Sydney’s celebrity-land for more than a decade. I moved back to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2008. Now, I’m trying to reclaim what mattered most to me when I was little – that is, my freedom and creativity.

I’ve worked as a dancer and artist’s model; as a writer, stylist and editor on magazines such as Gourmet Traveller and Vogue; as a book editor for publishing houses such as Random House, HarperCollins and Murdoch Books. I’ve been a columnist – for both the Sydney Morning Herald (read by 1 million people each week), and Tasmania’s Mercury (read by significantly fewer!). I’ve been a speechwriter, sub-editor, advertising copywriter, illustrator, travel writer and restaurant reviewer… well, the list goes on. I like to change careers every couple of years, which apparently classifies me as a scanner but probably has more to do with ADD.

Right now, I work as a freelance writer, editor and linguist. And I’m part-way through a Masters in Forensic Linguistics.

I’ve published several short stories, and I’ve just received a literary grant to complete my debut crime novel – Undercurrent, set in Tasmania.

I love Tasmania, but it’s a strange old place, and writing about it is often the only way to make sense of it…

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