My life changed when the Daily News closed, leaving me
unemployedand penniless. Passing myself off as a governess,
I found employment on an isolated Australian sheep station
where I supervised lessons for three young girls educated
through the School of the Air. UnlikeJane Eyre, I didn’t find
Mr. Rochester, but I did find the setting for my debut novel,
The Biocide Conspiracy.
Not long after I did meet the one! Striking out for Borneo with
the new man in my life, I exchanged the no frills life of the outback
for the pampered world of an ex-pat. With time hanging heavy,
I wrote my The White Amah . A family saga, it exposes the
shocking practices of the timber logging industry in Malaysia.
A relative who lives on the streets was the impetus for my
next book, Salvation Jane. The light style I adopted belies
my true feelings.
Currently I'm writing a black comedy cum fantasy.
The Little Dog Laughed is the first novel in which I send up
myself. The protagonist Regina Brigantia is me, thinly disguised.
I read the first two chapters to my daughter, she recognized me immediately, and fell about laughing. Wonder what she'll say
when my fictional daughter puts in an appearance?
Why has the Australian government placed a block on telecommunications?
Why are black-clad soldiers scouring the Great Sandy Desert?
And why are people being taken away in trucks
A chart-busting rock star, a timber baron's concubine & a young housemaid, three women ruined by a single mistake