I began my life in Coal Creek, Greymouth. I am a fourth generation West Coaster and direct descendant from Southern Ireland. I reign from a fishing family. I love my family life, the bush surrounds and the rain, and I strive to reflect this in my writing.
I was a probation officer and a social worker on the coast and a huge part of my work was writing social assessments. As I venture into retirement and creative writing, I feel fortunate that I am able to pluck believable, gritty characters and unorthodox scenarios from my sub conscious mind.
I have written human interest stories for community newspapers, am a graduate of Hagley Writers College, Christchurch and a founding member of Mawhera Writers in Greymouth.
As president of Greymouth Toastmasters, I also believe in the power of the spoken word and encourage our members to grow their confidence and learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment.
During my working life, my writings – or rather my reports – were driven by deadlines. This worked for me. Now, however, I must drive and motivate myself through my creative mind.
Currently I am working on an anthology of short stories in fiction, which I hope to publish in the later part of 2021.
I am excited about belonging to the Top of the South NZSA, which I know will benefit my craft.