About Me

“Grew up on a farm in Iowa, heart of the United States corn belt.
Escaped to Australia as a freshly graduated teacher in 1974…”

  • Grew up on a farm in Iowa, heart of the United States corn belt.
    Escaped to Australia as a freshly graduated teacher in 1974.
  • From 1977 to 1988, edited and wrote articles for Pursuit, Challenge, Explore andComet magazines, published by the Victorian Education Dept.
  • First daughter born in October 1985.
  • Second daughter born in October 1988.  First novel, You Take the High Road,published the next day.
  • Other novels followed (but no more babies):  You can view the titles on my ‘Books Published’ page.
  • In 1994, took on five-year contract as a relieving Assistant Principal at government secondary colleges in the Western Metro Region.  Gathered heaps of material for stories.
  • December 2000, in lieu of a mid-life crisis, resigned from the Education Department to devote more time to writing.
  • During the 2000s, wrote nine novels.  They brought in enough money to keep me in emergency teaching at Glenroy College (formerly known as Box Forest).
  • In 2011, said goodbye to classroom teaching and became a tutor with the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, helping students with serious and/or chronic illnesses.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 
 – Ernest Hemingway