Writer of stories about diversity.
Welcome to my blog site. Now I’m selling a book, it’s a little more than a blog!
It was six years ago the site began, and continues, with a select group of followers — thank you.
After six years, it is certainly time to update the about page.
In that time, I have completed many writing courses starting with The Year of the Novel with Emily Maguire, whose voice still resonates when I’m considering my point of view.
‘Can you see them doing it?’ she would ask. ‘If the answer is no, then it’s not first person.’
Emily continues to teach at Writing NSW. I keep an eye out for any familiar names amongst the ‘New to View’ pages of the associations I subscribe to, expecting to see an ‘alumnus’ publishing their latest books.
I have been busy finishing two of the Simon goes to series, one published—Simon Goes to Spain, which you can purchase here. The second Simon goes to Camp, which I have entered a couple of competitions.
The Simon Series was born one hot Spanish evening whilst I was on holidays with my husband, Peter and our boys. We had a minor earth tremor, quite common off the coast of Costa Blanca. It felt like a truck rumbling under the villa. But my chief inspiration in writing the series was to bring autism into the mainstream, increasing the tolerance and acceptance of the diversity of humanity in all its forms.
In the thirty years of my teaching career, only limited gains have been made in acceptance of people with disability. Sure, we no longer have institutes to hide them in, however, what else has changed? The curriculum in schools hasn’t. Unfortunately, there is a population who do not believe those with disabilities belong in the mainstream community, much less working, learning, or living beside them.
The third book I’ve completed is an adult thriller, based in a fictitious town in the Central Tablelands of NSW. The story is set around institutes and the ‘boys’ club’ that run them. Ally’s marriage ends and she survives death at her own hands. She returns to her hometown, Widyarra, where she grew up in a foster home intending to find her family. The custom of destroying birth records of children given up for adoption means her only link to her past is Wellworth. Her investigations uncover more than she expects, with tragic results. Wellworth is being published by Hawkeye Books this year.
As with teaching, you can never know everything about writing. I’m continuing to learn, attending Deakin’s online campus for postgraduate study in Writing and Literature, while I complete new projects, and some older ones.
Thank you for visiting my site. If you have a tale about your writing journey or any journey, drop a line or better still click follow so we can share our journeys together.
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