"Writing: the blissful moment in which words and thoughts collide."
I've always been a writer and I write every day. When I'm not writing I'm usually editing or proofreading work for other people, visiting a school or library, giving a talk at a community event, or leading a creative writing workshop.
Over the years my writing has taken many forms. I've worked as a magazine journalist, freelance feature writer, copywriter, proofreader, travel editor, lifestyle editor, and as the managing editor on three magazines with a team of staff. I currently write fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. My first book was commissioned in 2004 and since then I've gone on to produce more than 40 titles. A small selection of my books including the Kiwi Critters series can be found in my bookstore.
My creative writing is inspired by nature and New Zealand's great outdoors. I enjoy walking in nature, observing the seasons and the quiet reflection it provides to create. I am also inspired on a daily basis by my children as well as the people I meet in everyday life.
In 2016 I completed an MA in Creative Writing, graduating with First Class Honours for my manuscript, The Rock, and I received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Study. I also hold a Graduate Diploma in Journalism (2002), and I have studied public relations, marketing, travel writing and photography. I'm a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, the Storylines Foundation of NZ, and RWNZ. In 2013, I was awarded Creative Northland's Excellence in the Arts Award for the Kiwi Critters series, and for four consecutive years, 2003-2006, the travel features I wrote about New Zealand made the finals of the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. The charities I currently support through the Kiwi Critters series of books include Little Sprouts, RAS Angels, and Kiwis for Kiwi.
I'm widely published as a journalist in numerous publications (please email me for a full literary list and/or CV) and if you'd like an independent overview of my work to date, please visit the New Zealand Book Council.