I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. As a result, my ideal setting ever since has involved lots of water—even if it’s just a large bathtub with me lolling around in it.
The other element in my ideal setting is lots and lots of books. I was a kid who spent her childhood with her nose buried between the pages of a book. To me, the worlds I read about were at least as real and ten times as exciting as anything that happened to me in Redland Bay. I still think one of life’s finest pleasures is picking up a great book and just losing myself in it for however long I take to finish it.
Being such an avid reader naturally morphed into wanting to do what these wonderful writers did. My mother very proudly kept my grade two composition book, in which I penned a heartfelt wish to become the new Enid Blyton. At least you can say I had an early sense of vocation.
When I was 8, my mother was so desperate to shut me up—in between reading, I used to talk a lot—that she gave me a Mills & Boon romance. That was back in the days when you were lucky to get a kiss at the end, rather tame by today’s standards. But I was immediately hooked. The vivid emotion and the fact that a woman is so central to the story made these books precious to me. I still feel that way about a good romance.
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