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 have now been living in Singapore since 2011. I am also the proud mother of two pretty gorgeous children.
I love writing and have been studying Creative Writing for years through Massey University. I'm also really passionate about women's communities. From 2014 - 2017 I founded Woolf Works, a beautiful coworking space just for women, and formed a wonderful community of supportive women. I developed programs for mothers returning to work and we helped many new businesses thrive and shine.
In 2017 I started digging into my side passion full time: writing.
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 .
My favourite 2017 reads were:
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
Autumn, by Ali Smith
Rose, by Li-Young Lee
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
Foster, by Claire Keegan
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Dogside Story, by Patricia Grace
Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene
At a recent Writers Festival the advice I heard again and again was 'read the greats'. There is a reason we are reading authors 20, 50, 100 years after they have died: they are very good at what they do! So - a week later I stumbled across this Graham Greene novel, and so begins my focus on reading old, dead authors. My only problem is that the majority are male and white, so after this book I will extend the search to females and people of colour and see what I come up with. I'm very open to recommendations!