Born in Southampton, England, I spent four years in Belgium working for an international biochemical journal as a proof reader/copy editor, living in a French speaking country. I had left college at the age of fifteen to join the real world. The only thing I had going for me was my thirst of reading. Books took me places I could only dream about.
After returning to England, I decided I needed another adventure so upped sticks and moved to beautiful New Zealand. There were hiccups, of course there were, moving to the other side of the world is exciting but also very daunting – I’m glad to say this is now my home.
I’ve had various jobs in administration, and as a support person for girls with behavioural and learning difficulties for the local Girls College. That and my work with the NZ Police has given me vast experience and a broader outlook on life.
I began a BA in Sociology (never finished, I admit) and have papers in sociology, cultural anthropology, human behaviour, adolescence, religious studies (Christianity, Judaism and Muslim), and history on Families Through the Ages. I also have a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and a TESOL qualification. But what really fascinates me is how the mind works: why do people do the things they do, what makes them tick, etc, what is their background, their thoughts and dreams.
I have recently (October 2016) completed an Open University Course in Script Writing. Details are available at https://www.futurelearn.com/statements/mjuinbe
After working for others, I went back to proofreading/copy editing, and my career did a complete turnaround. Using my love of the written word and my passion for history, I became a writer and wrote ‘The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl’.
I have a madcap energetic Shih Tzu crossed with terrier and two wonderful adult children who now live in Australia, where my son is a successful landscape photographer, and my daughter has a BA in Fine Art, Fashion and Design.