I live in Wellington and work as a medical lab scientist but an interest in genealogy led me to an extramural degree in English and History. I’ve done extensive research to uncover the true origins of these fascinating sisters and believe that Lillian’s story is too incredible to be left untold.
In 2014, I received a NZ Society of Authors’ Mentorship and The Aerial Queen was shortlisted for the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award in 2015. The following year I was chosen for a manuscript assessment from the NZSA which has shaped the final draft. The Aerial Queen is currently looking for a publisher and is represented by High Spot Literary Agency.
My other writing:
You Are Not Alone, Highly Commended in the William Taylor Heartland Memorial Short Story Competition 2017: “The search for a pair of Laughing Owls in the streets of Wellington is one of the most interesting premises for a story I’ve come across in a long time. It’s a brilliant idea and the story is superbly constructed, scene by scene.” A.D. Thomas, Judge’s Report.
Feeding the Hungry Ghost, Shortlisted in short prose section of New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition 2016
Penumbra, Winner of the Chilean Prize at the 1st Short Story Competition Certámen de Cuento Corto, organised by ALAC and Biblioteca Letras Latinas 2014.
Jabberwocky, Finalist in National Flash Fiction Day Competition 2013
Carapace, Novice Award Runner Up in Rodney Writes Short Story Competition 2010.
Douglas Hastings Macarthur: A Man of Probity and Worth in Manawatu Journal of History, 2006 Vol 2
My Myers family history website.