My writing journey started back in 1998 when I was shortlisted for the Guardian Young Travel Writer of the Year competition with a piece about a bikepacking trip along the Thailand/Myanmar border, but it was only after having kids that I started taking my writing more seriously. I graduated from Hagley Writers’ Institute and then went on to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Auckland, gaining first class honours and graduating in 2021. I also hold a BSc in Biology from the University of York and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, and have worked in natural history film-making at the BBC and NHNZ.

My short stories and flash fiction have been extensively published both in New Zealand and overseas and have been highly placed in many competitions. I am currently working on a speculative young-adult trilogy and have recently signed a three-book deal with One Tree House for the series. I have taught creative writing to both children and adults for many years and love supporting others on their writing journey.