1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I was born in Brighton, England and lived there until age 19 when I went to London to study.
I always wanted to work in a creative industry so I managed to get a summer job with a production company and was offered a role when I graduated. While I was working I studied an MA in Film & TV and have worked on a variety of factual and entertainment projects.
I moved to Sydney with my partner at the end of 1999 so it was a very exciting time to be here – for the Olympics and the millennium.
I worked for an independent production company and then SBS before our first son was born, then I studied an MA in Creative Writing at UTS part-time. I wanted to continue finding stories and creating, however for it to also balance with family life, so it was a good choice. Even though it’s been challenging, it’s been a great journey so far.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
I wanted to be a social worker when I was much younger but by the time I was eighteen, I was certain that I wanted to be a foreign correspondent. There was a journalist called Kate Adie on the BBC who was always reporting from a war zone; I thought it would be a fascinating, exciting and worthwhile job to do. Unfortunately I didn’t get into the journalist training college I applied to so I studied economics and social policy instead. Still, that might explain why my new novel is about a war artist, even though it’s set during Second World War!
At thirty I was enjoying what I was doing so I wanted to continue writing and producing projects … but I had an eye on having an adventure overseas and so here we are!