Hello and welcome. I am so pleased to see you here. I live in Hastings, UK – near the sea and the birds and the music, music, music – even in these coronavirus times. We play online.
I used to work as an applied linguist and still do sometimes. For many years, I worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG). First of all in the mountains where I helped to set up the first secondary school in the Goilala area. There were no roads. You had to get there in a small plane. The students walked up and down the mountains for about two weeks to get to the school and stayed there all year until it was time to go home again.
We planted flowers and food together. Cooked and ate together. Laughed a lot and although I was supposed to be teaching them, it was mainly the other way around.
Later, after I’d been to Edinburgh to enrol for my doctorate, I went to work at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). My interest was in psycholinguistics, specifically stories and how our brains deal with them, why we need them.
My most recent interest has been in trying to understand the effects of rhythm and sound in prose.
All my life, I’ve been a writer but I wrote only for my own amusement. Since late 2016, I’ve been writing steadily and my first two novels have been published this year. Have a look at my Books page to find out more.
Like every author, I do hope that you will read my book/s and let me know what you think of them.
I live in Hastings as I said at the beginning of this page. It’s a marvellous place full of quirky people doing exciting things. I play and sing in pubs. I’m in a duo with my husband, Paul. Our band is called Blue Rumour.
Finally, and most important of all – I couldn’t survive without my dear friends (scattered around the world) and my family (most of whom are in Australia).
Stay safe, dear friends, wherever you are.