Life Story

I was born in Singapore (with my twin sister) when my father was in the RAF. We returned to England when we were five months of age and a brother soon followed. My parents were both teachers and so I grew up surrounded by education and sport. My father was head of P.E at a large state high school and we trailed around after Dad, spending winters at football grounds and summers, at the cricket club.

 

I grew up in Harrow, North West London and studied English & Philosophy at Swansea University in Wales.  My time at Swansea was one of the happiest periods of my life, where I discovered Philosophy, played Lacrosse, danced the night away, read philosophical novels and lived by the beach.  What more could one ask for in life?

 

In the early 1990s, I travelled to Australia, to be with an Australian I had met in London, and my life changed forever. I became a single parent in my mid- twenties and unable to return to the U.K., I channelled my love of Wales and life experiences into my first novel Alone with Herself.   

 

In 2001, I returned to university and completed a Graduate Diploma in Law at University Technology of Sydney. I have worked in publishing, administration, marketing, document control and policy and procedure writing.  I am basically a wordsmith who loves helping people with their documents, in any shape or form.  

 

I currently live in Sydney on the Northern beaches, and occasionally see my adult daughter, when she can squeeze me into her busy social life! Living on the Northern Beaches has been amazing, clearly I am only content, when living by the sea! 

 

In my early forties and experienced what I had always known was possible, a loving marriage, where each thinks first of the other's welfare. I met my husband, Michael Lee, after he had been living with Motor Neurone Disease for three years, and amazingly, we went onto have eight incredible years together, despite the usual prognosis for MND being only 2-3 years.  My husband passed away peacefully on 3rd June, leaving me with his love and positive spirit to sustain and strengthen me, as I navigate the all-consuming, strange experience that is grief.  

 

As a result of my experiences as my husband's full time carer, I am passionate about the rights of people with disabilities to be able to live a full and accessible life. 

 

My personal life has been rich and varied, providing much material to draw upon in my writings.  I hope to help people in similar situations, connect more deeply with their own innate joy and wisdom.

 

For over twenty five years I have been a student of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952), an Indian saint who teaches that there is an underlying harmony amongst all religions. Without the guidance and inspiration of his teachings, I would not be who I am today.