I’ve been crazy about books my whole life. As a child when I wasn’t on my pony, I would spend my free time with my head in a book. Sometimes I managed to do both, and would often sit bareback on my pony, reading a chapter book while he munched on grass. I have fond memories of spending many hours with Dick, Bessie and Fanny in the Enchanted Woods and accredit my love of reading to my favourite childhood author, Enid Blyton.
Toni Morrison’s quote, ‘If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it’ rings true for me. I wrote my first picture book story to help my daughter cope with a family tragedy. Working on this story gave me the writer’s bug and led me on a journey of spending the last five or so years learning about the craft of writing for children. I’ve since written a number of picture book stories with a variety of themes, but my favourites are those that pull on the heart strings.
A few of my stories feature ponies (and horses in my Young Adult work in progress). As a young girl I spent many afternoons exploring my neighbourhood on my pony Ebony, and weekends at pony clubs and competitions. As an adult I focussed on training and competing in dressage and for a number of years, I was an EFA Level One coach. After taking a long break from riding I’m ready to get back in the saddle. I have two stockhorses, Legend and Cookie.
I’m a primary school teacher, and teach part time in a lovely small school. Working with children, being a mother of a vivacious tween and an aunty to two little fire crackers gives me plenty of inspiration for my stories!
In my free time I love hanging out with my daughter and our three dogs. I also like to read, bake, explore new places and spend time with friends and family.