I was born in the UK into a house full of books. Reading was always a big thing in our family and my love of writing was spurred on by my mother (a frustrated children’s writer and a brilliant teacher) who encouraged me to send off short stories to various magazines when I was a teenager. I also wrote a racy sex’n’shopping novel with my best friend at school which thankfully never saw the light of day but which provided us with endless evenings of hilarity.
I studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia and specialised in modern architecture which continues to inspire and occasionally frustrate me. I worked as an interior designer in London before discovering an interest in feng shui. After moving to Australia, I became a feng shui consultant and taught the subject at community colleges around Sydney and consulted on many business and domestic projects. I continue to be fascinated by the way our homes and workplaces influence and reflect our lives.
Blending my love of words with my love for design can be seen and heard in my work for ABC Radio National’s By Design and Blueprint for Living, links to which can be found on the Other Writing and Podcasts pages. My novel Not Always To Plan was published in 2013 and Loving Le Corbusier was published in 2016. Both can be found at all good e-resellers.
While Sydney is home, I quite fancy a stint in France at some point. Or maybe Italy. One thing I have realised since moving to Australia is just how important the sunshine is to the way I feel. But there’s nothing quite like a rainy day for a good day’s writing…
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