I write stories. The stories can go anywhere from tangled relationships and virtual writers to rock music and sleep disorders. Some of them are pretty straightforward. Some of them are weird.
My undergraduate degree was in occupational therapy, but don't hold that against me. Not a lot of actual experience as an occupational therapist made its way into my first novel Here Today, but that story does give a sense of my experience as a curious but slightly sceptical young graduate. I didn't stay long in the profession, moving into academia, working around assistive technology and disability before landing in professional editing and — finally — at the nexus of technology and books.
My first two novels were shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and my short fiction has been published in Australia and the United States.
I guess I've been more demonstrably successful as a short story writer. More than half of Here Today was published as individual short stories (though they were conceived and written as a complete piece). I've had pieces published all over the place as my bibliography shows. My successes in the long form have been more in the form of awards, shortlistings, and mentorships. Though not as visible as large scale publication, each have been essential in improving the work and keeping me focused.
In 2010, I was the co-editor with Sean Sennett of Off The Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press, published by UQP; probably the most fun I've ever had putting a shitload of words together.
Since that same year, I have worked at the Queensland Writers Centre as the manager of if:book Australia, exploring digital futures for authors, readers, and publishers.
In that role, I have helped publish tens of thousands of words from some of the nation’s best writers and thinkers on book futures, delivered workshops from Perth to Canberra to Alice Springs, created real-world story adventures, and took a complete book from concept to print in twenty-four hours.
I also write about electronic books and apps every week for the Courier-Mail.
Other stuff about me elsewhere on the web:
I'm often asked to talk to people on radio or stages:
- Live discussion with Jennifer Byrne, Joel Naoum, Alex Byrne, and Tony Shannon (May 2012)
- I Rate the Book with Tim Cox (612 ABC Brisbane) (June 2012)
- On the 24-Hour Book (4ZZZ) (June 2012)
- Digital rights seminar for the Australian Society of Authors
- Talking to Rebecca Levingston (612 ABC Brisbane) on the future of books
- Talking Off The Record and music with Walter Williams (4BC)
- And an old one from the 2011 Emerging Writers Festival talking about L'Odeur des Livres
Some really old links I haven't checked lately: