SJ-croppedI grew up in a small suburb of Newcastle, NSW Australia. I’m one of six children, with two brothers and three sisters. Life wasn’t always easy for us, but we knew we were loved and Friday nights were indoor picnic night with cordial, chips and more importantly chocolate.

The biggest influence in my writing would have to be my parents. Their love for each other showed me that true love is at times a battle and that you have to work hard to keep your marriage on track. But at the end of the day if you believe and trust each other your love will only grow stronger.

At seventeen I started dating my husband Jim and we were married two years later. We have a wonderful family. Our daughter and son have grown and each is married to spouses we consider our children. Jim and I have three grandchildren, our grandson is my ray of sunshine and our precious granddaughters are my little gems who always manage to bring smiles and happiness whenever they come to visit.