2014 - My home was severely damaged by a terrible bushfire and I took a twelve month sabatical from all things writing related.
2009 - I sat at the computer and wrote my very first words of fiction
2015 - I published three more books, and was a finalist in six more writing contests. Unfortunately, one month after my latest release, my publisher ceased trading and all my published books were withdrawn from all points of sale.
2011- With ten books sitting on my desktop, I took the plunge and joined the Romance Writers of Australia. Within a week, I'd entered their prestigious contest 'The Emerald' for unpublished manuscripts. Two days later, before my courage deserted me, I entered the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense
When I found myself impulsively entering the Emerald, the Romance Writers of Australia's annual contest for unpublished manuscripts. I had no idea what I was doing. The contest coordinator had to instruct me on how to set a margin in a Word document!
When I made it through to the second round of the contest, I was stunned. When I made it to the finals I was flabbergasted.
When I won...well, lets just say everyone is very polite when they talk about it, but I know for a fact I staggered up to the stage at the awards ceremony and rambled incoherently for about five minutes in front of three hundred people whilst clutching a trophy in shaking hands.
2013 - With seven books in the process of being published, I figured I wasn't really busy enough, so I threw myself into the organising of the RWA Annual conference. To my utter delight and shock, at the very same event, I won the 'Ella' award for Romantic Novella of the year!
Did I always want to be a writer? Absolutely not. I always loved to read, but trained as a book-keeper and spent my entire working life in the finance section of the mining industry.
In June 2009 something very odd happened. I woke up at 3am with a scene in my head. The inner thoughts and emotions of the main character in this scene were so crystal clear that I scrambled out of bed, raced to the computer and wrote them down.
Seven years,seventeen books, eleven award nominations and five winners trophy's later, and I'm still writing.
I love creating stories. I crave writing, and to anyone else out there who feels the same I say, go for it. You never know what surprises life has in store.
2016 - Still writing! I took another sabatical as my husband needed major heart surgery. Thankfully he recovered really well. In brighter news, I won the Washington Romance Writers 'Marlene' contest, the 2016 Northwest Houston Lone Star Contest, and the 2016 Rebecca Contest. Plus, I'm working on an anthology #BouquetofLove with a wonderful Australian Publisher, Serenity Press.
2012 - I won the Emerald and was a finalist in the Daphne. I wrote my first ever submission letter to a publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing in the USA, and was offered a seven book contract.