I was born in South Africa and have lived all over the place including England, Germany, Canada and Greece. I have three passports...
I am presently based in Ireland, in West Cork, where I live with my partner, David Crean, and our foundling cat Ronan. I'm a late starter - I always thought I'd be a writer 'when I grew up' and growing up seems to have taken a long time. I was forty-six when when I had my first short story publication. But since then I finally buckled down to the hard work rather than the fantasy.
I have a degree in Classical Studies, half a degree in Photography and Semiotics (too much semiotics for me); I've had numerous jobs from bottle washer to martial arts instructor to guru-minder to mime artist to photoshop teacher to website project manager for a major bank ( a shock and surprise to everyone, espeically my marxist mother).
I have had an immune dysfuntion for 15 years which makes my life interesting.
In terms of my writing, I have written for the theatre in Toronto; my work has been published in a number of literary journals and magazines, including Word Riot, Sou'wester, Per Contra, Chautauqua and AGNI. Work is forthcoming in Carousel, Flash Fiction Magazine and the Unthology.
I am a finalist in the 2010 Bridport Prize, the 2007 SFWP Literary Awards Program, the Writers at Work 2008 Fellowship Competition, Southwest Review's 2008 David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize and have received honourable mentions in Glimmer Train Press's Family Matters, Very Short Fiction and Open Fiction competitions. My short story manuscript, A SORT OF WALKING MIRACLE, was short-listed for The Scott Prize.
This year I was awarded a professional writer's grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to develop my novella, SERENDIP (working title), into a novel. I have done this, although it's only in first draft. Now for the editing process.... It's a literary adventure tale set in war-torn Sri Lanka.
I moderate the online writer's workshop called Diving Deeper
Probably the fact that I had an extraordinary childhood. And everything I've ever read, good and bad.
My novel, Serendip (working title), is a literary adventure tale based in war-torn Sri Lanka. I completed the first draft in October, 2010.
I have a collection of short stories called A SORT OF WALKING MIRACLE, presently seeking representation.
This 85,000 word collection has eighteen stories set in eight countries. You will read about a chance meeting in a Toronto café between a survivor of the Bosnian war and the survivor of a broken marriage; a South African housewife trying to balance motherhood with her anti-apartheid activities in the 1950's; a horse attempting to lay to rest the spirit of a Mexican girl shot by US Border Patrol...
The stories explore issues of personal guilt and redemption. They are divided into three parts: pre and post-apartheid South Africa; domestic relationships and abuse, and finally stories touching on larger arenas of 'war' from gang warfare in Toronto to a Tamil man's wrongful interrogation and torture in Sri Lanka. The stories are connected by a strong current of urgency. I believe we struggle today for redemption not just at the cost of our individual souls but for humanity's very survival.
Most of the short stories in the collection have been published by literary magazines. For details please see my website.
I've recently recorded a story from the collection for The Drum, which can be heard
And... I've just signed a contract with Ether Books Mobile Publishing to have some of my stories available for downloading onto your iPhone.
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The underdog (cat?), the minority, human and animal rights.
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