An Australian outback childhood, free of the dumbing effect of television, has
been my chief inspiration and education.
I have worked as a singer, shuffled film crews on the production side of
in New Zealand, studied French in New Caledonia and travelled in South
Africa, Namibia, The West Indies, England, Ireland and Chile.
I have written for glossy lifestyle magazines, worked as a paintress in a
pottery, a barmaid, and backing singer with a Pink Floyd tribute band. My short
fiction and non-fiction has appeared in a range of publications, including
Wakefield Press and Granta.
I hold an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing from the Univesity of Adelaide.
Whatever I happen to be working at, my real job is always writing.
My first novel
Nights In The Asylum
was published by Vintage (Australia) and Picador UK in 2007. It was shortlisted
for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the 2008 Nita B. Kibble Award for Women
Writers and the 2009 Peoples' Choice Award.
If You Were Mine
was published by Vintage in 2008.
I live between the Isle of Man and
Adelaide in South
Australia and am at work on a new novel.