My first four books for Young Adults were ‘Dolly Fiction’ novels published under the pseudonym of Gerri Lapin. My first book under my own name, “Mavis Road Medley” is a time travel fiction exploring the world of Princes Hill and my parents’ struggles to survive the Depression. Since then I have written more than 90 books, and many prizewinning short stories and articles.
These days I work full time as a writer, teach creative writing and take seminars and workshops in tertiary institutions, clubs and schools. I also mentor emerging writers.
I’m known for writing historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels, plus my collections of short stories and non-fiction such as Mentoring Your Memoir that I use in workshops for seniors.
When I’m not writing and revising, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, knitting, and walking. I do lots of people, animal and bird watching; they’re my way of coming up with ideas. Using public transport more frequently has become a great boon when trying to create new characters for a novel or a short story.
“My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove” is now in its 10th edition. “Mavis Road Medley” (Margaret Hamilton Books 1991) was chosen by the Victorian Australian Centre for Youth Literature as one of their 150 ‘treasures’. Both these books and the more recent “Cybertricks” have won CBCA ‘Notables.’ “In Hades” was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award.
My latest work, the young adult trilogy, SHAKESPEARE NOW! has taken 3 years to complete. Though some people might regard using Shakespeare’s plots and characters as presumptuous, my aim was to show how relevant they still are to a contemporary readership.
Though I’m interested in the development of the ebook, I do lament their tactile appeal. But what I view as vitally important are words, stories, themes and ideas, no matter in which form they are published. Some of my most recent books for adults and young adults can be read as both hardcopy and ebooks.
AWARD WINNING ADULT &CHILDREN’S SHORT STORIES:
Yes, Good Morning, Yes 1st Prize Rolf Boldewood Literary Award 2015
‘Arachnida’ 1st prize QDEC/AWAG 1991.
‘Suffer Little Children’ She’s a Train and She’s Dangerous.
‘Seawall’ Singularities, 1989
‘Mirror Play’’ Spies, Lies and Watching Eyes. 1995 Artemis Press.
‘Wimbledon Avenue’ 1995 Open Short Story. Soc. of Women’s Writers.
‘Chicken’ CyclamensandSwords.com 2008
Alley-Cat’ Finalist: Brandpoint Literary Prize. USA. Joint winner of
Mary Grant Bruce Award 2000. ‘Children’s Hour.’ RPH
Serialized April 2000
‘First Kiss’ ‘Speakeasy’ magazine. March-April,2000.
‘Falling’ Joint winner of Mary Grant Bruce Award 2001.
Thrill and Spills. Pearson. 2001
‘Blind Date’ Sandybeach 20th Birthday Literary Award 2002
Express Fiction 2003
‘Next time we’ll go by plane’ Highly Commended. Society of Women Writers Victoria 2003
‘ Slippery When Wet.’ Short story Collection 2004’
‘Jack and the GM Beanstalk’ Award winner Highlands Literary Awards. 2006
“Lame Duck Protest” NSW School Magazine Touchdown, Aug.2004
‘Liar Ghost’ Ghost Stories. Random House. 2004
‘Space Gypsies NSW School Magazine Touchdown, Aug.2005 vol 90,No.7
Shortlisted Aurealis Award 2006
Eating Nemo NSW Sisters in Crime Award winner 2005
The Devil’s in the Daughters Award winner Highlands Literary Awards. 2006
Love on Line (fable) 1st prize. Gilgamesh Fable competition 2010
Love on Line(short story) Radio 4RPH April 2010.
Lunch Radio 4RPH April 2010.
Silver Paper Brisbane Institute prize-winner. 2004Radio 4RPH April 2010.
Silver Paper(a monologue) Performed July 2010 Melbourne Writers theatre
Tango Tango Australis 14/6/11
Draggle and Arthur( 3 stories) NSW School Magazine 2012
Sienna Knits NSW School Magazine 2013
Draggle and Arthur part1 &2 NSW School Magazine 2014
22 episodes of Country Viewpoints ABC National Bush Telegraph Radio 4RPH April 2010.