Lover of history and the paranormal world
What do I bring to my writing table?
University of Newcastle: Bachelor of Arts – History (Sociology & Anthropology minor)
Charles Sturt University: Graduate Diploma of Education (Human Society and Its Environment)
University of Tasmania: Writing Family History
Society of Australian Genealogists: Diploma in Family Historical Studies
Society of Australian Genealogists: Certificate in Genealogical Research
Teaching Experience: History, Legal Studies, Senior Studies of Religion, Junior English, Junior Geography
This is me!
Married with two married sons, I have been lucky enough to retire early. Which means that I have time to do what I want to do rather than what I have to do. As usual for me though, I have so many things that I want to do, sometimes I struggle to fit those in.
For the majority of my working life, I was a secondary school teacher – History and Legal Studies. I came to that late – studying while my children were little. Before that I was a few other things: clerk, dental assistant and library assistant. But none of them allowed me to spend time on my passions: history, genealogy (oh wait – that’s history) and the paranormal.
So what do I do when I’m not writing?
Exercise: I do a fair amount of exercise: use it or lose it they say. Most weeks, I do Zumba, Body-Combat, Body-Pump, Aquafitness and BJP Physical Culture. And of course there is walking our dog, Bindi.
Reading: I don’t do anywhere near as much as I would like to, but I love reading.
What do I read? You guessed it – historical and paranormal, both fact and fiction.
Genealogy: I love my genealogy. I love it so much that my first novel (under edit) is based on a branch of my ancestors – names changed of course. It’s fiction because it is long enough ago that I’ve only got vital facts and family stories, but it has meant that I have created a world for them.
More research is underway not just because I love it – but because I need material for the next novel!
Family stuff: I love spending time with my family so try to do so as often as I can.