My love of working with words began in Belgium. I was given a rare opportunity to work for the European Journal of Biochemistry as a proof reader. I didn’t have any certificates from school to my name. In fact, I hated school and left as soon as I could. So to be offered a job I considered to be way out of my league, and to do very well at it, was just what I needed to boost my confidence. I had found my niche in words.
Ever since I can remember I have loved reading with a passion. I devoured everything I could get my hands on. When I left Belgium, I worked in various offices in administration: in a methadone clinic, a mental health facility, for a barrister in chambers, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I also worked for the NZ police as a nominated person for 6 yrs, and as a mentor, working with young offenders – I readily admit I loved the job and the people I met.
After working for others, I decided to become a freelance copy editor/proof reader. For 12 years I edited theses, novels, and scientific articles for people here in New Zealand, in the U.S., and in England. I also wrote articles for magazines.
One day, an opportunity too good to miss came my way. And so I began writing my first book, a historical biography of 20th Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire, a George Cross medal recipient, a very courageous man. I lived and breathed the Earl’s short life for 4 years. It was my first try at writing a book; I couldn’t have picked a more challenging project. It was a daunting task and I hope I did it proud. Since I completed the manuscript, I have written a novel, War and Chance, which Black Rose Writing, Texas, U.S. published on 10th January 2013. I am very excited about that. For publication updates, click below.