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.
Each year I encapsulate my aspirations with a single word. 2014, the Year of the Horse, is my year of audacity; a willingness to take bold, creative risks.
This has seen me move out of my comfort zone to write poetry and regularly take the mic at Brisbane’s SpeedPoets, work on my first collection of flash fiction, ‘No Need to Reply’ and extend that collection into a new collaboration with eight other writers, write collaboratively with a randomly assigned author on an interconnected story, participate in if:Book’s open changes project, work consistently on short fiction and brave the submission roundabout, while trying to wrap my head around edits on my first novel ‘Dalhousie’, complete my first birthpunk novella ‘Encursion’ and prepare the epistolary ‘Post Marked: Piper’s Reach’ for submission.
I’ve also been writing non-fiction on a semi regular basis. My short essay ‘#6in6: a look at accidental community’ was included in “The n00bz: new adventures in literature”. Several articles on collaborative writing and beta reading appear on The Writers Bloc.
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