The Role of the Mother in Children's Fantasy Fiction, nonfiction, Issue 36, September 1, 2016
When did you start writing? I don’t remember a time when I started writing, I was always writing, either in my head or on the page. When I first started writing with the intention of people reading it I was sixteen and had just discovered short story competitions existed.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was in early 2015. It is a short story entitled “Mirror Mirror” in the online journal Phantasmagoria Magazine.
What themes do you like to write about? I like to write about interpersonal relationships but within the speculative genre. My essays tend to focus on the fantasy genre, particularly fairy tale and mythological reinterpretations. My fiction writing often uses fantasy elements to examine every day experiences.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Fairy tales have had a massive impact on me. I’ve written essays on my two favourites, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel, however in fiction I think the ideas and themes of fairy tales work their way subliminally into my work.
I am an Australian writer who has spent the last few years flitting up and down the east coast and am about to head inland to rural Victoria. I have had short stories published in Phantasmagoria Magazine and SQ Mag and have recently completed my Masters in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. Working at Wollongong Writers Festival over the last year has exposed me to many new ideas and experiences within the writing community. I have a soft spot for dogs, chocolate chip brownies and 80’s fantasy films. Read more at www.readwritethinkrepeat.wordpress.com