I’ve spent the past ten years learning how to write fiction, which involved attending courses, writing numerous drafts, deleting chapters, writing more drafts, editing the plot and characters, finding professionals in the industry who believed in me and my story … and it’s finally comes down to this …

The cardboard boxes from HarperCollins Australia, which contained the author copies of my book, were adorned with the opening lines of A B Paterson’s most famous poem: ‘There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away …’

When I was twelve, I memorised all thirteen stanzas and recited them in front of the classroom, earning myself points for my house at primary school. At such a young age, learning ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s poem instilled in me a love of reading and writing, which lasted throughout my studies at university, my years of corporate writing and finally, my desire to write fiction.

On 3 April, my first novel The Engraver’s Secret will be published by HarperCollins Australia.

I am so grateful to the numerous people who have helped, guided and supported me on this journey. From my family and friends to my agents and publishers – editors, cover designers, typesetters, printers, fellow authors who provided amazing endorsements, publicists, book bloggers, book sellers and readers. Thank you.

I hope you enjoy reading The Engraver’s Secret as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And, if you’d like to come to the launch party on Thursday 4 April, I’d LOVE to see you there. I’ll be In Conversation with fellow author Alli Parker and there’ll be plenty of interesting book chat, time for Q & A’s and book signings. Details below.

Date:     Thursday 4 April
Time:    6:00 pm (for 6:45 pm start)
Place:    Urban Alley Brewery Knox, Shop 2215 Westfield, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South 3152, VIC
Tickets: $20/pp (includes welcome drink)

In the meantime, it’s back to work for me on my second novel.



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