I write flash fiction and short stories for adults, teens and kids. I also write unpublished manuscripts. I am fairly bad at poetry but that doesn’t stop me from trying.
I won the Bedford International Short Story Competition and the Bloomsbury Publishing Short Story Competition, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Margaret River Short Story Prize, the Sean O'Faolain Prize at the Cork International Short Story Festival, and the New Millennium Writings fiction competition, longlisted for the Bath International Short Story Award, and placed second in the Daily Telegraph's Summer Short Story Competition.
Bloomsbury UK published one of my short stories for children in an e-book anthology of re-imagined fairy tales (think Snow White set at NASA!). You can buy the anthology here. I also have a story (inspired by sea dragons!) in Margaret River Press’ beautiful annual print anthology after being shortlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Prize. You can buy that anthology here.
I'm currently working on two manuscripts. The Colour of Air is a contemporary YA novel set on a small Australian island. It explores themes of love, loss and the limiting labels and boundaries we place on ourselves and others. I was awarded a Varuna Residency Fellowship for this manuscript. I attended the writers' house where I began drafting my second novel. Therefore I am is a contemporary YA novel set in London. This work in progress earned me a place in the ACT Writers Centre's professional development program, HARDCOPY.
My work has also appeared in Southword Journal (Munster Literature Centre), ¶ilcrow & Dagger Literary Journal, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and Bitterzoet Literary Magazine and one of my short stories has been recorded as a podcast. My first piece of flash fiction appears in Celapene Press' Short & Twisted anthology.
I love writing fiction about nature, technology and mental health and am extremely passionate about the Australian YA community. Some of my favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Patrick Ness and Cath Crowley.