Writer. Speaker. Thinker. Laugher at silly jokes. Animal lover. Believer. Traveller. Hiker. Friend.
There’s a good chance you’ll find me near a book — writing one, reading one, or editing one.
There’s also a good chance you’ll find me outdoors. I love the ocean, the wilderness and the sky. Usually, at least several times a day I’m thankful for the beauty of creation.
Over on my Facebook page, I often share gorgeous nature shots that I’ve seen on the news or round the web. Expect a lot of pics of the Great Barrier Reef as I research my upcoming novel, Venom Reef. I also share scary stories about crocodiles and other items of Australiana that just might kill you… more research for my novels. Yep, it’s a jungle out there.
I’m a fledgling Instagram-er, and so far, the sky or my dog seem to be my main inspiration, but you never know, that could improve. 😉
I started out as a journalist for radio and television, way back when electronic typewriters were the Next Big Thing. I regret not asking Torville and Dean for their autographs (trying to be Cool. Dang). I studied theology at Moore College Sydney, and detoured into the book publishing industry.
I grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and moved back to my hometown a few years ago.
I love animals, especially dogs, who fill my life with joy and shouting. Killarney, the Small Blue Dog, recently “retired” aged nearly 17. Rufus, the Medium Red Dog, was born to my mother’s border collie.
I love hiking, despite having bad knees. Or perhaps I just want an excuse to visit hiking shops, which offer a lot of nifty gadgets. I actually do walk in the rain, rather than just talk about it with a dreamy expression, and I have the Gortex-lined shoes to prove it.
I love camping, and know how to wash the dishes in a plastic bowl if you would like a demonstration. I’ve also travelled a lot internationally, although I am now officially tired of how long it takes to get anywhere from Australia (think: 25 hours in the concertina position…). My favourite stop in any foreign country is not a museum but a food store; you can learn so much about how people live by seeing how they shop and what they eat.
My other blog at www.smallbluedog.com is about writing, publishing and self-publishing. It began several years ago as little more than an online business card, and developed into a time-devouring passion as I found how much I enjoyed relating to other writers and, hopefully, helping them realise their dreams.
My latest book, Dogged Optimism: Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog (December 2015), is about my eventful years with Killarney the Australian terrier. It was originally going to be a collection of funny anecdotes, but along the way I discovered that I couldn’t tell her story without telling some of my own as well. You can check out what other people think about it by clicking here.
I published my debut novel, Poison Bay, in December 2014, and it has won a Varuna Fellowship and an IPPY Silver Medal. It is Book 1 in the Wild Crimes series of mystery/thrillers, all set in gorgeous wild locations. I’ve written about how the idea began festering many years ago when I was travelling round New Zealand’s South Island, awestruck by the scenery and the tales of weather-related mayhem I heard again and again. For reviews and lots more about Poison Bay, click here, and you can view the book trailer below.
The sequel, Venom Reef, is under construction. This time I’ll be taking my readers to the tropical paradise of the Great Barrier Reef where, of course, the sun will shine, azure waters will lap at white sands, and then… (ha, you’ll have to wait and see)
In a completely different genre, I also write spiritual thoughts from the heart in Scripture Union UK’s quarterly publications, and published a stand-alone book in 2001, Closer to God for Newcomers, available on Amazon and BookDepository (among others).
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