I remember loving stories from an early age. Not surprising considering both my parents were (and still are) avid readers. A chalk-toting, guitar-slinging teacher and a koala in a green and gold tracksuit initiated me into the craft of story telling aged ten. Since then the hunger for words has never truly been sated.
In 2008 I returned to writing after working my way through a kaleidoscope of jobs which never cut it like writing did. As a full time, stay-at-home Mum, there was time in the cracks of life to, chase characters across the wilderness of my imagination.
Famous for saying “But I don’t write sci-fi” my efforts now centre on penning short speculative fiction, in a unique genre known to those close to me as ‘dark, weird shit.” My stories continue to be influenced by the themes of love, loss, betrayal, the dynamics of power, time travel and the eternal question what if?
Forever mystress to the voices in my head, my stories have appeared in anthologies in Australia and aboard including: The Best of Friday Flash, Thieves and Scoundrels, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Dead Red Heart, Hope, One Small Step and Sunday Shots:the Shorts. Several vignettes have found homes at Vine Leaves Literary Journal and Tincture.
In 2011 the Chair of Fabulous Queensland named me the 2nd recipient of the Kris Hembury Encouragement Award for Emerging Artist.
In 2012 my debut novella Elyora appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction’s Down the Rabbit Hole special edition and went on to be short listed for an Aurealis award and in 2013 was sold to Endeavour Press as River of Bones. I was also fortunate enough to partner with Adam Byatt to co-create Post Marked: Piper’s Reach an epistolary web serial.
AS EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
In 2008 Paul Anderson and I founded eMergent Publishing with the vision of providing new writers with an opportunity to not only be published, but to work collaboratively with other writers and in close partnership with an editor. In 2012 we enter our fourth year of making books which push the boundaries of collaborative writing and the short story and anthology forms under the Chinese Whisperings and Literary Mix Tapes. eMergent Publishing also published the writing blog Write Anything until the end of 2011.
My passion for big ideas has seen me create and co-edit Chinese Whisperings’ The Red Book and The Ying & Yang Book, Literary Mix Tapes’ Deck the Halls, Nothing But Flowers, Eighty Nine and from Stage Door Shadows.
In 2011 I edited E.J. Newman’s From Dark Places and provided editorial and publishing support for the charity anthology 100 Stories for Queensland.
In 2012, on the back of the success of 100 Stories for Queensland, I spearheaded eMergent’s Community Publishing Partnerships Program under which The Best of Friday Flash: Volume 2, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and In Fabula Divino were published. In 2014 the Program will partner with Prana Writers to publish The Gold Coast Anthology.
In 2013 I took sole responsibility for eMergent and while re-visioning the business, published eP’s first novel, The Machine Who Was Also a Boy, a middle-school philosophical adventure by the Tom Dullemond and Mike McRae. I also delivered my first seminar for the Queensland Writers Centre and participated in their Writer’s Surgery programme.
In 2014 I am looking forward to unveiling a new look eMergent Publishing alongside an editorial team of passionate and talented women.
In what was scheduled to be my year’s sabbatical from editing and publishing, my life was turned upside-down in April when we withdrew our son from mainstream schooling and I took up the mantle of home tutor.
Before the wind was totally knocked from my sails I had the joy of seeing my story ‘Firefly Epilogue’ published in Fablecroft’s One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries, receiving my first mention (for ‘Firefly Epilogue’) in Publisher’s Weekly, negotiating my first sale and being short listed for an Aurealis award. All fruits of my efforts in 2012!
My time is now divided between lessons, editing the novel length adaptation of Post Marked: Piper’s Reach and attempting to harness, in words, the proliferation of story ideas that mock me now that time and head space are more an enemy than they have ever been. Before the year is out I hope to have completed the first novella in my birthpunk cycle, a novella length adaptation of the short story Between Minutes (currently under consideration at Ticonderoga Publications) plus set free several more shorts including a new collaboration with the talented S.G. Larner.
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