My love of working with words began in Belgium when I was given the rare opportunity to work for the European Journal of Biochemistry as a proof reader. Even though I didn’t have any school certificates to my name and knew nothing about scientific ‘stuff’, it didn’t faze me. So to be offered a job I considered way out of my league and to do very well at it, was just what I needed to boost my confidence.
Ever since I can remember I have read 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 six years and as a mentor working with young offenders – 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, adventurous man. I lived and breathed the Earl’s short lived life for five years. I had never written before so I couldn’t have picked a more challenging project. It was a daunting task and I hope I have done it proud. This work, The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl, was published in 2015 - see Projects.
After completing the manuscript and given it over to Pen & Sword’s loving care, I wrote a novel, War and Chance, published January 2013. For more information visit Projects.
I am now working on another project – Let Him Hang – see Projects.’