My first four books for Young Adults were ‘Dolly Fiction’ novels published under the pseudonym of Gerri Lapin. My first book under my own name, “Mavis Road Medley” is a time travel fiction exploring the world of Princes Hill and my parents’ struggles to survive the Depression. Since then I have written more than 90 books, and many prizewinning short stories and articles.
These days I work full time as a writer, teach creative writing and take seminars and workshops in tertiary institutions, clubs and schools. I also mentor emerging writers.
I’m known for writing historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels, plus my collections of short stories and non-fiction such as Mentoring Your Memoir that I use in workshops for seniors.
When I’m not writing and revising, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, knitting, and walking. I do lots of people, animal and bird watching; they’re my way of coming up with ideas. Using public transport more frequently has become a great boon when trying to create new characters for a novel or a short story.
“My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove” is now in its 10th edition. “Mavis Road Medley” (Margaret Hamilton Books 1991) was chosen by the Victorian Australian Centre for Youth Literature as one of their 150 ‘treasures’. Both these books and the more recent “Cybertricks” have won CBCA ‘Notables.’ “In Hades” was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award.
My latest work, the young adult trilogy, SHAKESPEARE NOW! has taken 3 years to complete. Though some people might regard using Shakespeare’s plots and characters as presumptuous, my aim was to show how relevant they still are to a contemporary readership.
Though I’m interested in the development of the ebook, I do lament their tactile appeal. But what I view as vitally important are words, stories, themes and ideas, no matter in which form they are published. Some of my most recent books for adults and young adults can be read as both hardcopy and ebooks.