A little about me
I’ve always loved writing. Before the internet existed, I poured my pocket money into special stationery to send letters across the world. Something about letters seemed like time travel – with ink, a stamp and some paper, you could communicate with anyone, regardless of their physical distance. What’s more powerful than that?
After finishing my writing studies at RMIT, I worked at a daily newspaper and women’s magazines in Melbourne and Sydney, until I went fully freelance, writing feature stories, interviews and columns for newspapers, magazines and websites for a number of years. Health, beauty, medicine and psychology were some of my favourite topics, and some of my stories were also picked up for radio interviews and guest spots. I also lectured at my alma-mater, RMIT, on making a career as a freelance journalist.
In twenty years, I’ve been published in hundreds of Australian and US magazines and publications including Vogue, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Life, Body + Soul, and many more… One of my career highlights during this time was interviewing Sir Barry Humphries for Sunday Life.
My first book, Love & Other U-Turns was a travel memoir published by Allen and Unwin. On publication it was nominated for the Nita. B Kibble Literary Award and Cosmopolitan’s Fun, Fearless Female Award in the author category.
My second memoir, A Letter From Paris just came out from Scribe and is available across the world.
Working on A Letter From Paris was one of the biggest projects of my life, and the realisation of a childhood dream to be published in multiple countries. Now I’m using all I learned to help others who either don’t know how to start writing their book, or have a first draft and no idea how to form it into a finished manuscript. Everything I learned about turning an idea that keeps you awake at night into a finished, well-crafted book, I’m pouring into my courses and blog posts for those of you wanting to write your own memoir. More on my memoir-writing courses and packages, here.
I love writing about writing (!) and every Sunday I post a new blog to answer your questions about the process of writing memoir. I also wrote an e-book, Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs, which breaks down the structural elements some of the highest-selling memoirs have in common.
When not reading, writing and teaching memoir, I’m planning my next trip to Paris, or dancing around the living-room.
I love kindness, miracles, learning and dreams.
I think we’re all here to grow, and a little terror (just a little) means you’re on the right track.
We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are... Anais Nin