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Writer. Reader. Student. Nerd. From the Dwarf. Never Caffeinated Enough.

I am a writer from Adelaide, South Australia. I was born in New Zealand and moved to Adelaide with my mum when I was two. I have a sister who’s still in New Zealand – we don’t see each other nearly often enough but I love her to bits. My mum is a Project Manager, but thinking about retiring, and my dad is a retired English Teacher.

My life has been filled with books for as long as I can remember! When I was little, the first thing Mum would do when she took me shopping was give me a Golden Book to read. Though I held the book upside down more often than not, it was the beginning of a love of reading and stories that would lead to me wanting to create my own. I still have all my Golden Books, though some are in better condition than others. 10 Items or Less was always my favourite.

I went to St Peter’s Girls’ School until Year 10, then went to Charles Campbell Secondary College, and finished my schooling at the University Senior College. I went on to study a Double Degree Bachelor Teaching/Arts at the University of Adelaide, majoring in English and with a minor in History. I dropped Teaching before the final year to graduate with just the Bachelor of Arts. I have been awarded a Master of Arts (Writing) from Swinburne University of Technology. In 2016, I completed my Graduate Diploma in Research Methods at Flinders University, where I wrote a thesis on the characterisation of Irish faeries. I finished studying my Master of Arts (Editing and Publishing) at the University of Southern Queensland in 2018. I​'m currently working on my PhD in Creative Writing, researching Young Adult feminist reimaginings of Irish mythology.

I was married in October 2014, and live with my husband, our toddling Sprog, an odd cat, a not-actually-that-small ‘lap-dog’ Beagle-Cavalier, two chickens who hate free-ranging, two adventurous rabbits, and one lazy turtle.

My dream is to write - anything and everything - and my brain is often teeming with too many ideas; notebooks are a must, thousands of them, hundreds of them, hidden all over so that when the muse strikes records can be kept! Thank all the deities for technology so I can write on my phone, my tablet, my laptop, my desktop and it's all in the one place. I've been writing for as long as I can remember; when I was about 5, I used to go to my mum’s office after school and type pages of random letters/numbers. I’d then print them out on my mum’s old dot-matrix printer and take them home to read to my gran.

My debut novel, unvamped, was published by Caliburn Press in 2015. It was re-published by Sleeping Dragon Books in 2017. And that was only the beginning of the adventure.

Thanks for perusing, I hope you enjoy!

x iz

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