After moving to Sydney when I was twenty-two, I started coming up with little plays and sample TV scripts and discovered a love for performance writing. I was lucky enough to land a job as a trainee script assistant on Home and Away, at the same time as being accepted into the NIDA Playwrights Studio. Ever since then, I’ve worked between theatre and television.
I’m particularly fond of my plays Secret Bridesmaids’ Business and It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To), which were both directed by Catherine Hill and broke box office records in their premiere seasons. Both plays have been produced in several countries, including a Japanese musical version of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business and an Off-Broadway production of It’s My Party starring F. Murray Abraham. I also wrote a TV adaptation of Secret Bridesmaids Business, produced by Linda House, that aired on the ABC. Secret Bridesmaids’ Business and It’s My Party are still regularly performed throughout Australia and New Zealand.
I’ve also loved writing for lots of TV dramas, including Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Wanted, SeaChange (both the original and the 2019 revival), The Secret Life of Us and Bed of Roses, which I co-created and wrote with Jutta Goetze. I think screenwriting’s taught me invaluable skills around storytelling and structure, and I hope I’m translating those skills to my novel writing.
It felt like re-igniting a childhood dream when I wrote my first novel, Losing the Plot. Writing prose has been a huge learning curve, but I’ve found the process a joy from start to finish. I fell madly in love with my central characters Vanessa and Dave in Losing the Plot, and for the past couple of years I’ve had heaps of fun hanging out with Ted Bristol PI and her shrewd miniature schnauzer, Miss Marple. Imaginary friends don’t come any better than them, and I look forward to spending more time with Ted and Miss Marple as the series unfolds.
I moved from Sydney to Melbourne for a six-month writing job in the nineties, but I never made it back over the border. I live with my wonderful husband Alan and my cute ‘co-writer,’ Teddy the mini-cavoodle, who was named after Ted Bristol PI.