When I was eight, I won a writing competition in New Zealand's national Sunday broadsheet (ironically, the same one I now scribble for). The judge said my short story "showed promise".
So I'm not sure why I thought studying law was a good idea. That, as you can imagine, lasted five minutes. Which is as it should be.
Instead, I swapped out the LLB for a BA in English Lit, and chased that with a journalism qualification from Auckland University.
Since then, I've written about everything from politics to soft furnishings and fashion to currency rates.
I also spent five years working for the BBC in London, a year for TVNZ in Auckland and another for the NZ Press Association in the world's southernmost capital city (represent, Wellington).
I'm happiest writing profiles of interesting people, interiors (I LOVE nosing around other people's houses), personal essays (who doesn't love writing about themselves?) and travel. A couple of years back, I won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award and since then, I've been lucky enough to nail lots of lovely media jaunts around the globe.
I'm also a frequent visitor to the 'dark' side of PR and copywriting. But with every comms strategy I write, and every piece of corporate copy I edit, I get a little closer to the dream of early retirement at our wee beach house by the sea. .
I'm addicted to green tea, collecting stamps in my passport and running (aka dragging my sorry butt around the Wellington waterfront). But nothing comes close to my love for my two boys - the furry one (Bristol) and the upright one, Martin (aka the Animator).
If you're in the market for compelling, concise copy that cuts through like no other, I'm your girl.
Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
• North & South Magazine
• NEXT Magazine
• Urbis Magazine
• Sunday Star Times
• NZ House & Garden
• Taste Magazine
• NZ Life & Leisure
• 2013 Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year
• Category wins in the Cathay Pacific Travel Writing Awards every year since 2009
• North & South Magazine - Places in the Heart Winner 2012
• Antipodes Nature
• Trade Me
• Rodd & Gunn
• NZ Post