Kia ora and welcome,
As a former teacher of English and Drama, and a college library manager, my first published books were non-fiction guides aimed at people working in education. I wrote three titles for Continuum International Publishing Group, (two of which have been translated into Portuguese and Malay and sold internationally) and I worked as a technical editor with Wiley Publishing and Bloomsbury Academic. I now teach from home while writing and editing in my spare time.
My debut fiction collection of short horror and speculative fiction stories, Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange, was a bucket-list passion project, and the first time I had released my short fiction. It was independently published by Wild Wood Books in March 2019 and was shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Collected Work.
Since then, I’ve had stories published in numerous charity anthologies by Things in the Well, as well as their antipodean horror anthology Outback Horrors Down Under; the magazine of the Australian Horror Writer’s Association, Midnight Echo #14 and in the Australian/NZ sci-fi and horror magazine Breach #12. I also regularly release free-to-read, original fiction on my blog and at my Curious Fictions account.
In late 2019/early 2020 I worked as the lead editor in a team of twelve for a charity anthology, Black Dogs, Black Tales. Our aim is to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and the book was published by Things In The Well Press in May 2020. To date, we have donated almost $1000 to the MHFNZ.
You can find some of my interviews, book reviews and articles on a number of other blogs including Voices From The Well, Ginger Nuts of Horror, Ladies of Horror Fiction, Divination Hollow Reviews and The Horror Tree. Links to these are collected at my Writing in Other Places page.
My creative writing is often inspired by my life experiences and the power of the beautiful land where I live. I write a lot about the benefits of writing for positive mental health, and I use creativity as a tool to connect, inspire and heal. I started the writing-for-wellness group Well-Written in 2017 which seeks to promote this belief, and, up until recently, I ran regular monthly workshops for writers in Wellington. You can read more about how I write for wellness here. The collaborative project Memento Vitae – Memories of Life, created in September 2020, was born out of my strong desire to write about and share positive memories.
Outside of writing, I have organised a number of charity fundraisers, including two Can’t Stop the Serenity events supporting Equality Now in 2008 and 2014. I enjoy making my own art and jewellery and creating costumes and props for cosplay projects, and I love dressing up to help support a good cause.
If you have any thoughts, feedback or just want to say “hello” you can send me a message here.