I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child but didn’t pursue my dream until I had children of my own. Now I can’t ever imagine doing anything else but write! Historical fiction is my passion, combining the things I love – writing, history and family stories. I also love to read and I try to snatch a few spare moments whenever I’m not writing or busy with my family, to read anything from contemporary fiction to autobiography but my favourites are historical fiction and fantasy.
‘The Girl from Munich’ and ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ are inspired by the stories my grandmother told. ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ is my most recent book following Lotte’s story as she migrates to Australia with her family in the 1950s. It will be available from Nov 2018.
I’ve been asked about the inspiration behind Suitcase of Dreams. As you know the book is inspired by my grandmother’s stories of life in Australia as a migrant in the 1950s. I wanted Suitcase of Dreams to feel authentic to the migrant experience of the 1950s and 60s and many of the events in the… Read more
While researching ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ I was interested to learn more about the Vietnam War, especially from the Australian perspective. As the war progressed, our presence in Vietnam increased and the anti-war protests of the late sixties became famous. Less well known is the reception our soldiers received when they returned home from a very… Read more
I’ve always loved anything to do with the 1960s, especially the fashions, music and the burgeoning feminist movement but I didn’t realise until I began researching ‘Suitcase of Dreams’, what a fascinating period it was here in Australia. The 50s and 60s were smack bang in an intense period of the Cold War. When I… Read more
I’m excited to reveal the gorgeous cover and title of my next book! Suitcase of Dreams tells the story of Lotte and her family’s immigration and new life in Australia after leaving post-war Germany in the 1950s. Suitcase of Dreams will be released in November 2018. Here’s a little blurb to tantalise for now… but… Read more