Having always been a creative person, I achieved a qualification in fashion design in my twenties to which I later added applied design to fabric and jewellery-making. I spent over twenty years working in the fashion and applied arts industries including running my own successful women’s wear, children’s wear and jewellery labels.
About ten years ago, I discovered a love of teaching and began passing on the skills I’d accumulated—design, pattern-making, sewing, Art Clay Silver, screen-printing and machine embroidery.
I began writing as a self-dare to see if I could produce a manuscript. My first novel, Peak Hill, which was developed from that manuscript, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016.
I enjoy writing about relationships. Not only between couples but also between parents and children, siblings, friends, cousins, aunts and uncles. The dynamics of how people interact with each other and how much of themselves and do and don’t show—both physically and emotionally—is a source of fascination for me. I feel that there’s enough fodder in that subject alone to write a hundred novels.
I now squeeze full-time study for an advanced diploma in creative writing in around editing my second novel, writing my third, knocking out the occasional short story, teaching sewing and pattern-making part-time and being a wife and mother.