Kia ora katou. I come from Coal Creek, Greymouth and am a direct descendant from Southern Ireland.
As a retired probation officer and social worker, a large part of my work was writing assessments of individuals and their families in adverse situations. As I venture into retirement and creative writing, I feel fortunate that I am able to pluck gritty, unorthodox characters from my subconscious mind.
I have also written for community newspapers, am a graduate of Hagley Writers College, Christchurch, and a founding member of Mawhera Writers, Greymouth.
As an avid member of Greymouth Toastmasters, I also believe in the power of the spoken word.
During my career, my written assessments were driven by deadlines. Now I meet the challenge of writing creatively by my own motivation.
I am working on an anthology of short fiction, and value being a member of NZSA Top of the South branch.