I was born in Australia in 1981 and grew up in Melbourne. As I was finishing school, I agonised over whether to pursue a career in music or creative writing, before finally coming to the (painfully obvious in hindsight) realisation that I could do both. I ended up studying composition at uni, interspersed with writing classes in which I began the story that would become my first novel, Music From Standing Waves.
After uni, I worked a ridiculous number of jobs in order to move to Los Angeles and study film scoring. I loved the energy of L.A. and the incredible experiences it provided me with: the chance to learn from some of the world's best teachers, a lecture by David Lynch, the chance to conduct an ensemble who had come straight from recording a John Williams score...
After returning to Australia in 2007, I worked steadily as a composer for several years, writing for film, theatre and television both in Melbourne and abroad. (Check out my credit list here.)
My partner and I moved to London in 2011 and I immediately fell in love with the place. I continued my work in film scoring, but also began to feel a strong desire to share my own stories with the world, as opposed to helping other people tell theirs. I pulled Music From Standing Waves out of my bottom drawer and self-published it in 2015, before signing with Endeavour Press for my second novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
So it's taken a while, but I've finally worked out how to balance music and writing, along with co-running artist connection workshops. (Find out more about Artyficial Dreams here.)
When I'm not working, I love to travel, cook (and eat...). I love ghost hunting, dance meditation and I'm learning to play the fiddle! (I have it on good authority that I suck.) I divide my time between London and Melbourne, which means I have two summers and two autumns each year!
It's always great to hear from readers, listeners and other artists so feel free to get in touch!