My first job was… as a shop assistant in a bakery. I was 15 and it was an after school and weekend job. When you’re 15 it’s not so bad (despite the terrible, TERRIBLE pay) but when you’re 18 and have to work at 6am on a Sunday morning, it gets a bit tired. I was there for about three years and even now, ten years later, I have nightmares about having to return.
I procrastinate by… cleaning the house. Once that’s done, I wander around the house looking for things that are out of place but don’t require too much effort. If there’s nothing left to do, I’ll clear out my inbox and check Facebook excessively before getting thoroughly fed up and bored enough to do whatever it was I was avoiding.
Three things people might not know about me are…
- I learned AUSLAN (Australian sign language) for about 13 years, off and on, and got to be quite proficient at it. I don’t have any deaf friends though so for the past few years I’ve gotten a bit rusty, however, it’s still lurking somewhere in my brain, waiting to be used.
- I’m the chairperson of a not-profit group called Project Numbat which is a community group raising awareness about the conservation of Western Australia’s mammal emblem, the Numbat. There’s a lot involved so I have to juggle that with my regular paid job, writing and a social life. I know it’s shameless promotion but check the group out at www.numbat.org.au.
- I’m not a beach person.
Currently reading… The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I love the elaborate plotline and pure vengeance that runs through it. The old writing style can be a bit much sometimes but you can’t fault the craft behind it. It also reminds me a lot of V for Vendetta, one of my favourite stories.
I write… paranormal with romantic elements (of a kind). Currently working on a vampire story about twin brothers.
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