I had a very happy childhood growing up in South Auckland. I was a real book-worm and day-dreamer. We had lovely holidays as a family, visiting different places in New Zealand. I wasn’t very sporty; I did a bit of ballet, two years of horse-riding and then a few years of Jazz dancing. What I really loved to do (besides reading!) was being on stage acting or dancing.
After high school I studied Fashion Design and Management at AUT then worked as a Design and Production Assistant for a children’s clothing manufacturer in Auckland. Two years later I changed careers and worked at a professional photographic laboratory.
Like most Kiwi young adults, I headed off overseas on my Big OE to the UK and Europe. My journey home took a detour via South Africa and Australia. After returning to New Zealand, I worked in the travel industry as a Travel Agent, booking trips and adventures for other people.
I began writing when my children were young. Seeing the wonderful stories on the shelves at the kindergarten re-introduced me to the joy of stories for children, and I just knew that was what I wanted to do! I completed a writing course and began the long process of being a writer which involves lots of writing, and sending stories out to publishers ,and learning, and more writing, and meeting lots of friendly writers, and more writing, and joining the best critique group ever, and receiving lots of rejection letters. Oh, and more writing…
What do I do with my time when I’m not writing or reading? Avoid housework as much as possible, work as a librarian at a local primary school, catch up with friends over a coffee, watch movies, spend time with my kids, scrapbook, organise the household admin, collect teapots… you know, the usual stuff.
2009 – participant in the Manukau First Chapters Writing mentorship programme and completed a short story The Turnaround which was published in an anthology called Unfurled.
2011 – Learning Media published two of my works; an Early Reader (Are You Ready Rosie?) and an article about mokomoko (A New Home for Mokomoko).
2011 – a Junior Fiction manuscript Aprons and iPods was shortlisted for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon award.
2014 – a picture book manuscript This is the Picture that Jack Drew was shortlisted for the Storylines Joy Cowley award.
2014 – successfully completed the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge – writing a picture book story each month for 12 months! It was a lot of work but it was so much fun and rewarding too.
2018 – Oratia Press accept When Dad Came Home for publishing!
2018 – selected for a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship, working with the very successful children’s writer Janice Marriott. Joined the Storylines Management Committee.
2019 – Sunshine Books published my reader How Does Your Snack Grow?