The personal stuff!
I grew up in New Zealand. Travelled a fair bit—to England, most of southern Europe, a small part of northern Europe, the States, South America, the Pacific. First left NZ as a 20-year-old and travelled to England by ship—yes!—via Fiji, the Panama Canal, Acapulco, and New York. What an adventure those weeks were! Lived and worked in London for a few months, then went on the road: France, Italy, and Spain. Over-wintered in Spain and met my future husband. We travelled together throughout southern Europe, then moved to NZ and alternated between living and working in NZ and Spain for several years.
I trained as a journalist in my late teens, and for many years had a crazy variety of jobs—journalism, office work, cleaning, retail, as an English teacher, teaching Spanish—including to the future NZ prime minister, Helen Clark!
Ever the late starter (too busy travelling), in my 30s I settled into study and completed a bachelor’s followed by a master's in English & Spanish linguistics.
Then spent several years working as a documentation consultant and business analyst in the IT sector, followed by 15 years in my own business as a consultant to corporates like Telecom, Air NZ, Vodafone, working with IT nerds and end-users.
In the early 2000s, the family moved to the Gold Coast, Australia. I took a year off work and wrote my first (and so far only!) novel, which took me many years to publish (2019) as I then became a solo parent and work was the priority.
Becoming an editor
This seemed a natural extension of my lifelong love of words, and in 2008 I embraced the challenge of being in the first cohort of editors to qualify as an Accredited Editor (AE), the industry benchmark for professional editors in Australia and NZ through IPEd (the Institute of Professional Editors).
And I haven't looked back! Finally finding my passion, I've been helping first-time and existing writers ever since, through:
- book coaching
- manuscript appraisals
- professional editing services
- follow-on services for authors pre-publication
- follow-on services for authors post-publication
- training program for new editors.
This year, my focus is on my signature book coaching program Get Your Book to the Finish Line™, helping writers get that long-dreamt-about book out of their heads and onto the page.