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Raised an only child on a remote farm in North Wairarapa, my early education was through the Correspondence School in Wellington and communication was always through the written word. I learned to read and write very early and even better, my mother loved words – a dictionary by my side is still a fact of life. At Iona College in Havelock North, I was lucky enough to have an English teacher (who also taught History) with the same love of words, and this, plus the vivid sort of imagination a child on her own develops, gave me a driving passion to write.
I have a Certificate in Historical Writing and a Certificate in Proofreading and Copy Editing, gained through The Writing School, Australia. These were both two and a half year courses, gained through Correspondence. Also a Diploma in Creative Writing through the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, and have attended many Creative Writing, Structural Editing and Planning courses given by leading New Zealand Authors.
Through this I have been successful in having work published in various magazines and have now completed my first book, an Illustrated Historical Novel, set in Charleston on New Zealand’s West Coast in the late 1860s during the height of the gold rush. A sequel is in progress.
From May 2011 to May 2013, I was Chair of the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, which was interesting and gave me a great insight into the sterling work this society does to support and help emerging and known writers in this country.