I always wanted to be a writer.
I love reading and from an early age wanted to create my own stories. I was particularly inspired by the wonderful stories of Ruth Park, Ethel Turner, Alan Marshall and JR Tolkien. They kept me company as a child. As I grew older I discovered the joys of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen.
As my career headed into journalism I was drawn to the remarkable Joan Didion who seemed able to cross all genres in her writing. I love her fabulous essays. Other creative non-fiction writers I admire are Simon Winchester and Maxine Hong Kingston.
When I embarked on my first book, I looked for inspiration from insightful biographers. The books of Peter Ackroyd, Lyndall Gordon, Claire Tomlin and Don Watson encouraged me in so many ways.
When you ask a person to let you into their lives, which is what I do because I write about people, I do it with respect, compassion, honesty and fairness. These values are central to me and who I am as a person.
Writing is my passion, but I do other things in my life that revolve around business, not for profit activities, study and teaching.
More to the story – conversations with refugees is my third book and has recently been launched. For information about my other books or to read more about me, visit my personal website here.