I grew up reading everything I could lay my hands on. I loved Jo March writing stories and Nancy Blackett captaining her sailing ship.
I loved Frodo as much as Sam did.
I am a writer because of those characters. I want to make whole worlds and I want to give them to people.
When I was eighteen I moved to Melbourne and studied creative writing. I discovered feminist theory and acrobatics in my first week and both have given me bigger muscles. I train hard and I’m committed to being strong. I lift people above my head, and I write about how that feels.
I make stories about characters who are vulnerable yet dogged, who find strength in adversity and hope in each other. I trust my audience.
I’ve written for adults and children. I’ve written fiction and non-fiction and books that are undefinably both. I’ve collaborated with all types of people, from artists, scientists and musicians to 300 children at once. I love it when my stories make a difference.