I’ve always been creative. After achieving an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology in my twenties, I later added certificates in applied design to fabric and jewellery-making. I worked 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 began teaching classes to pass on the skills I’d accumulated over the years—design, pattern-making, sewing, Art Clay Silver, screen-printing, cake decorating and machine embroidery.
Writing started 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.
The past few years have been a huge learning curve both creatively and technically. One of the most important lessons I have learnt is that it is essential to gather a great team of people around you such a developmental editors, beta readers, line editors and proofreaders. While the act of writing is a solitary business, you can’t produce finished novels without help.
I now squeeze full-time study for an Advanced Diploma in Applied Writing in around writing my third novel (the first in a series), knocking out the occasional short story, teaching sewing and pattern-making part-time and being a wife and mother.