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I'm a Wellington-born New Zealander at heart, but since 2003 I have moved round Asia, from South Korea to Mumbai, India (where I met and married my husband) and then Singapore from 2011. In 2018 we packed up our house and two kids and started a new European chapter — we are now proud German Hamburgers (never gets old).

 From 2014 - 2017 I founded and ran Woolf Works, a  coworking space just for women, in Singapore. Woolf Works was the first of it's kind in Asia and became a wonderful community of business women and creatives.  During this time I also  developed programs for mothers returning to work and we helped many new businesses thrive and shine. 

I love writing and have been studying Creative Writing for years through Massey University. I write short stories and occasional personal essays about my life as a New Zealander abroad and my mixed race family.  I am also interested in motherhood and identity and the latest rising tide of feminism makes me very excited and hopeful for change.

I love reading and writing realistic fiction. My favourite authors are ones that can capture what it feels like to be a human on this planet in the simple stroke of a sentence. That's my aim as a writer. My first novel is a work-in-progress:  a New Zealand rural novel that sprung from my deep love (and longing) for the New Zealand country side. I post about my journey as a writer on my Instagram account .  

In 2019 I am excited to be part of the International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation, offered by the Vermont University of Fine Arts.