I was born in Sydney, and when I was four, my parents moved to Brisbane where I attended schools in Ashgrove and The Gap and then progressed to the University of Queensland. Throughout my school years, I was very keen on sport and loved all forms of art, but I also developed a deep love of books and writing.
I was interested in becoming a journalist, but my father talked me out of this, as he didn’t think it was a suitable career for a woman. Obedient daughter that I was (ha ha), I became an English teacher instead.
My first teaching post was in Bundaberg which, in those days, was a five-hour drive north of Brisbane and, since then, I’ve moved even further north to live in Mackay and Townsville and on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. I fell in love with a journalist (Dad coped well) and for the next couple of decades, my husband and I raised our four children and I continued with teaching.
My love of writing never left me, however. While our kidlets were small, I wrote stories for them, which they illustrated, and I then turned these pages into books by gluing the sheets of paper together and finishing the spine on my sewing machine.