The start of my writing journey ...
I started writing stories in primary school. Creating little books with prose on one side and coloured, hand-drawn illustrations on the other. My mother tells me that before I could read, I would look at the illustrations in picture books and make up my own story. Throughout primary school and into high school I continued to write stories, using my imagination to create a fictional world of parties, boyfriends, fancy jobs and travel. All the things I wasn’t allowed to, or not old enough to do. I lived vicariously through my stories. I loved writing in my diary and have journalled on-off throughout my life. When blogging became popular, I started to blog. Then I got married, trained to be a teacher and became a mother and, although I continued to write in my journal and blog, my creative writing took a back seat.
This all changed when we moved from Sydney to Brisbane at the end of 2016.
On the journey ...
I made two decisions when 2017 swung round: to live a balanced life and to reignite my love of writing stories.
In October 2021, I completed my Master of Letters in Creative Writing at Central Queensland University. As part of my dissertation, I have written a romantic, historical, magical realism novella about belonging, love and self-discovery, called The Secret Me. I'm currently revising this story into a full-length novel.
I'm in the midst of editing my first novel. The story is about 24-year-old Olivia who lives above a bookshop in an inner suburb in Sydney. A steamer trunk belonging to her late mother arrives unexpectantly. It contains items that ignite her curiosity and may reveal who her father is. What she uncovers are deep secrets her mother kept hidden from her. Life gets more complicated when she meets Sebastian, the new Year 4 teacher at the local primary school. Olivia discovers that some secrets are not always easy to reveal. There’s Something About You, Olivia Bennett. This novel is currently in pre-publishing production.
In April 2023, I will start drafting my second novel under the mentorship of Australian Author Kate Forsyth. This will story also be a dual historic timeline story set in 1942 Brisbane/England and 1970 Brisbane.
My Short Story Anthology, Everything in Between: Stories of Family, Loss and Love was published in April 2022.
I also write romance books under my pen name, Giselle Miller. I'm currently drafting Book One in my Queens Falls contemporary romance series. The series follows the five Fontaine sisters, how they find love as they build a new life in Queens Falls in Tasmania. Books one and two in the series will be launched in 2023. I’m also writing a friends-to-lovers contemporary romance series set in the hinterland in South-East Queensland, Australia.
I'm an advocate for Australian stories and for the Australian narrative voice to find its place within our global village.
I will be publishing my romance books under my pen name Giselle Miller and Indie Author Imprint, Blushing Daisy Books.
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My destination ...
The goal is to be published.
To hold my books in my hand.
To share my stories.
To continue to grow as a writer and to develop my craft.
To write with passion.
A snapshot of my life ...
I live in Brisbane with my husband and daughter. My writing companions are my dog Mischa and my cats Daisy and Miss Lilly. I am a teacher by day and a writer in the spaces of time in between. I love blue skies, butterflies and the smell of lavender. My favourite moment is to curl up with a book, sipping peppermint tea with honey. I prefer to ride my bike when running errands and I love authentic Italian gelato and I try hard not to eat too much chocolate.