Where am I from originally? I’m a New Zealander living abroad – originally from Christchurch.
What led me to Europe? This is a very long story! The short version is that in 2006 I took my first ever trip to Europe and fell in love with Europe. I had always wanted to live in Paris and I arrived in Paris for the very first time on my birthday 10th June after a very fast tour of Europe! I travelled London, Dover, Callais, Brussels, Luxembourg, Lake Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Capri, Pompeii, Florence, Arenzano, Geneva and finally Paris over the course of 10 days but it was enough to know I ‘felt at home’ in Europe.
Career Choice: I can recall at age 7 being thrilled to have written my first story of about 10 pages long and thinking WOW this is what I really want to do. Somewhere along the way I decided Fashion Design was my thing, which then became Menswear Design but China was making it impossible to make money in the ‘rag trade’ despite my 10 years sewing, pattern-making, designing and quality controlling. In 1998 I decided to complete a Degree in Psychology and Business focussing on HR and graduated 2000. I lived and worked in Melbourne as a Rehabilitation Consultant, Injury Management Advisor and later inProject Management in the field of Worker’s Compensation until deciding to take a leap of faith in 2008 to work on Luxury Yachts in the Mediterranean. By the time I had the opportunity to head to Europe to work on yachts I was doubting my own ability to find work. Was I too old? Was I too fat? Did I have anything to offer? The same comments were made at the recruitment agencies ‘your a bit old’ was not an unheard of comment and well CVs in yachting require you to have a photo so one may or may not receive feedback from that! But, I’ve made it this far and embarking on my 7th year on yachts! Originally commencing as a Sole Stewardess I’ve graduated to Yacht Chef and have completed Culinary Courses along the way.
Writing: I’ve never stopped writing even if only my own thoughts and musings it’s always been there in the background. In 2007 I began my first solid attempt at a novel and now I have 4 unfinished novels awaiting my attention! As luck would have it I heard about the Matera Women’s Fiction Writing Festival on a chance visit in 2008 after completing my first season on a yacht. In 2010 I heard about a ‘Brainstorming’ Course held in association with the festival and attended the weekend after I had found my dream home! The group has been a fantastic source of inspiration to me to continue!
The Future: I bought my house with a meagre budget but somehow felt it was a place to ‘write’ to finish my unfinished novels but also to be easily accessible to the rest of the world at the drop of a hat if necessary! Buying my house was the beginning of a dream in part I never knew I had – until I saw the house I’d only ever ‘toyed’ with the idea of settling down somewhere. The house purchase was ‘intuitive’ rather than planned, not well thought out, and definitely not well researched – my gut instinct has always led me to my biggest life changing events and has only let me down when I’ve ignored it! Once my home is completed I plan to write and write and write some more – to become published and to earn an income independent of relying on employers. I’m under no illusions it will take time and focus and I’ll still have to work on yachts for a bit longer yet in order to establish a reading public but I’m looking forward to that next challenge!!
Writer’s Retreat: Following completion of the renovation I would also like to offer a self contained unit to fellow writer’s from May to September. A unique opportunity to experience the peace, solitude and tranquility in an authentic Italian village whilst seeking inspiration and inner quiet away from the noise of city life. This is anticipated to commence from 2015!
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