I grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Throughout my childhood I loved to read and write stories, but after school took the sensible option of a 'real' job at the Commonwealth Bank instead of chasing my literary dreams. Fast forward a couple of years and I had a good job with great conditions, but no passion for what I was doing. A major restructure of the bank seemed like a great opportunity to go back to study.
I completed my BA at the University of QLD and a few years after graduating (after some overseas travel and another non-literary job in local government) I started a business assisting people to write their life stories. While I loved it and it fulfilled my dream of writing for a living I still couldn't quell my desire to write creatively as well and revisited a manuscript of a novel I had begun a few years before.I have always loved the beach and in my childhood I visited a couple of old timber, Queenslander holiday houses. I have always remembered the ambience of these classic old houses (unfortunately there aren't too many of them left) and really wanted to write a story based on such a house.
Even though I actively began working on my manuscript again, it took a few more years before I had it to the stage where I was ready to approach a publisher. And even when I got the green light there was still a lot of editing to be done. By this stage I had two day jobs (learning support in a primary school and a swimming teacher) but with the fulfilment of my dream within reach, it was well worth the effort required. To have my novel completed and in my hands still doesn't feel quite real. It is the most amazing feeling.