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I enjoy writing across a variety of genres. My young adult novels, Jilda's Ark and May Day Mine, are published by Harmony Ink Press, US, and my chapter books for 8-12 year olds, Cyclone Christmas and Block City are published by Sunshine Books, NZ. My travel articles appear in Journeys magazine, and a variety of articles can be found in newspapers. My short stories and poems are published in journals, anthologies, and on ABC online. My latest publication is Hot Pot, my debut adult novel.

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Female
Queensland
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Young Adult
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Young Adult

When Jilda embarks on a cruise with her mother and twin sister, Rosa, she has no idea of the ordeal she'll face. Feeling unwell, Jilda stays in her cabin while her mother and sister go ashore to explore a Fijian island. Jilda emerges to find the ship has been commandeered by a group determined to use it to transport refugees away from the island nation of Levy Archipelago, which is flooding due to climate change. Conditions on the ship deteriorate quickly due to overcrowding. The refugees grow restless with no idea of where they're heading, and they mourn the loss of their animals they had to leave behind on the islands. Alone and afraid Jilda finds an ally in Jade-along with feelings she's never experienced before. But will the relationship forming between them end when Jilda admits she has a boyfriend?

Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars
Almost science fiction but maybe in a few years, this will be fact. A girl stays behind on board ship as she's not well, and before her twin sister and mum can return, the cruise ship has been hijacked...I intuited that climate refugees would be in the mix, from an island suffering from sea level rise. That's how it turned out, and the detailed account with all its sights, sounds and smells - and tragedy - kept me riveted.

Helen Tyzack ...Jilda’s Ark was a great read from the beginning. I was immediately hooked and read into the early hours of the morning. Then, sharp awake at 4.30am, I felt compelled to pick up the book and read more of Jilda’s story. I love stories where I cannot predict what will happen and when they become exciting page turners. Jilda’s Ark offered both these treats. The author has crafted the story well by using the dynamic voice of the heroine Jilda as the narrator... Jilda’s story meshes with currently topical themes including environmentalism, animal welfare ...

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Young Adult

Life in a small mining town can be like living in a fishbowl, where everyone knows everybody else's business. Fifteen-year-old Jodi's mother wants her father to quit his binge drinking and his dangerous job at the mine—even more so after a collapse leaves two miners dead and three trapped deep underground.

As tensions escalate both at home and around the town, Jodi seeks comfort with her friends but soon faces a double betrayal. Meanwhile, her ten-year-old brother Jake reacts by joining a gang of schoolyard bullies who engage in increasingly dangerous antics.

As Jodi struggles to gain autonomy over her life, she begins to discover the person she really is. But with everything around her spiraling out of control, it may not be the right time to let her family, friends, and ultimately the whole town know—no matter how much she wants to.

What a well crafted book. I do not normally read teen fiction but a friend suggested this book as a good read. I read a few paragraphs, sceptical about the possibility of me as a granny being interested, and found myself hooked. The story line is compelling. The writer uses dialogue and appealing characters to drive the story forward - not an easy feat. But the dialogue reflects the writers insight into issues impacting teens in the Western world today. I felt like I had been allowed to enter the secret world of teenagers for a while.

Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars
I like a lot about this intense and gripping story, which really caught my interest and had me invested in the dual outcomes. This should be enjoyed by anyone facing identity issues, and generally by young teens who wish to gain an understanding of what life is likely to bring them and whether it's all right to be different. I'd love to read more by this author.

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Lara, an English language teacher, is falling in love with one of her adult Brazilian students. At the same time, her long-term relationship with partner Alex is drifting apart. Desperate for some time alone to discover who she truly is, and what she really needs and wants, Lara successfully applies for a six-month job in China. Alex meanwhile is conflicted as their mutual friend Sondra makes a play for him soon after Lara departs.

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