Language and its possibilities have always fascinated me. While English was hard-wired from birth, I spent much of my youth stuffing my head with foreign languages. French, I learnt the fun way – by attending high school in the South of France. Russian, I learnt the hard way – slogging out a Master of Arts at university. Eighteen years ago, I met Pawel and married my way into Polish. So far, in terms of colourful vocabulary, that’s trumped the lot!
I’ve been fortunate to have made a career for myself using language. For many years I worked as a professional writer, working with multinationals, private and not-for-profit organisations. But when my two sons were born in the early 2000s I used the time to focus on developing my own writing.
In 2007 I secured one of six places on the prestigious Auckland University Masters of Creative Writing programme working alongside Witi Ihimaera and Emily Perkins. I was subsequently awarded a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship to further refine my manuscript. I finished writing my first novel which remains, at this stage, unpublished but soon found success with my second novel, Into the White – Scott’s Antarctic Odyssey which was published by Allen & Unwin Australia in 2017. The book was a finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young People and listed in Top 50 Books for Children by the NZ Listener. My third book Amundsen's Way comes out in May 2019.