I have taught in New Zealand, Australia, England and the US. I was previously married to an African American musician, and attended the Grammy Awards and toured clubs in LA, London and the South of France.
My way of life changed completely when, divorced and in my late forties, I fell in love with the principal of an Inupiaq school in the Arctic Circle, Alaska. We married, and I spent the next six years working with him in the icy wilderness of bush Alaska. We now live among orchards and vineyards just outside Nelson, in Tasman where the winters are mild and the summers are long.
I decided to leave my teaching career at the end of 2013, and now spend my time writing and giving talks about my experiences. It has been through giving these talks that my first book Walking on Ice was eventually written at audience request. The sequel Nesting on the Nushagak followed in 2015, and the last book in the series, Dancing on the Tundra, was released in March 2017.
Listen here to my interview on the Top Writers Radio Show on Fresh FM in September 2017.