Thank you for visiting my webpage. I am a lawyer, writer and historian (not necessarily in that order!) and I usually live in Perth, Western Australia. For the next two years, though, I’m on an adventure. My husband was awarded a European Union fellowship to work with Kings College London for two years, so we’re in England and living in beautiful Oxford. I’m spending the time writing and blogging. So be sure to check out my blog to see what’s been happening in my life.
In my legal work I specialize in the area of medical law. As a historian I have several degrees in history – modern and medieval, including a post-graduate degree in Medical History from the University of Oxford. As a writer, my first novel, A Stranger in my Street was published in June 2012. My second novel, Taking a Chance, was published in May 2013. My third novel, A Time of Secrets, will be published in early 2015.
My first two novels are set in the area where I live, near the Swan River in Perth.
A Stranger in my Street incorporates many stories my mother told me about life in Perth in the 1940s and especially during the second world war. My mother had a marvellous time, dancing with American servicemen and doing her ‘bit’ for the war effort. My father’s war was entirely different, as he was one of 270 commandos on Timor, the 2/2 Independent Company, who fought a desperate guerilla campaign against up to 20,000 Japanese in appalling conditions. I wanted to incorporate something of both their stories, in an entirely fictional murder mystery set in this lovely part of Australia.
Taking a Chance is another murder mystery, one that delves into another side of the war for the women of Perth. It was a time for taking chances in many different ways. During the ‘American Occupation’ Perth’s girls and young women threw caution to the wind, entering into romances and liaisons with the visiting servicemen. Women also had to take chances in their everyday lives, coping without husbands and male relatives, engaged in work that they’d never have had a chance to do in peacetime.
A Time of Secrets will be published in March 2015. It is set in wartime Melbourne, and deals with the Allied Intelligence Community (and a murder or two!).
Please take time to look at my Blog, visit me on Facebook or check my tweets. And if you feel inclined, please drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.
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