Journal2019-09-29T13:23:00+10:00

It was over thirty years ago when I began the practice of daily journaling and keeping a record of my life, particularly my thoughts and feelings about events and places. I’ve always believed that if our life is worth living, it’s worth recording. This valuable habit has influenced my writing and research and expanded my critical thinking. The below journal posts feature some of the experiences in my writing career and the insights I’ve learned along the way.

What if…

Welcome to my blog. I’ve enjoyed many careers as an entertainer, educator, businesswoman and author. Throughout it all, I’ve been a passionate voice in a wilderness of white noise. So it’s not surprising, here I am again. Being me, shouting out, waving my hands in the air, kicking up my heels and sharing with you a very important question …. What if?

What if … you can be everything you want to be?
What if … you’re right and you’re not crazy after all?
What if … life is a bowl of cherries?

My blog records my musings on being game enough to be myself in a world terrified of non-conventional individuality, knowledge learned by experience, wisdom sourced from within and loving the passion of life, regardless of what everyone else thinks!

My blog reveals the insights I’ve discovered along the way, in the hope they will benefit you and make your journey easier. Why not join me and ask, What if? — and watch your dreams come true.

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What if…it goes too fast?

October 17th, 2019|

Since my last post, I’ve travelled to San Francisco, pitched my first murder mystery, ‘Evil on the High Seas’ at a writers conference in New York and enjoyed the lavishness of LA before returning home to Australia. While I was in New York, I did lots of research for my

What if…blessings flow?

May 13th, 2019|

Earlier this year, I was nominated for the 2019 SBAA International Women’s Day leadership awards in the Entertainment, Creative Arts and Media Industry. To say I was surprised and thrilled would be an understatement. Of course I accepted the nomination, and underwent a rigorous evaluation process with over a dozen

What if…it’s time for a change?

February 24th, 2019|

I've always followed my creative inspiration. Whether as a dancer, choreographer, director, speaker and now as a writer, I listen to the still, small voice within. And it's telling me it's time for a change. So, I'm changing genres and writing cozy murder mysteries instead of romance. My first series,

What if…it’s not lonely being a writer?

October 23rd, 2018|

I'm a naturally talkative, gregarious person who thrives in the company of others. Having spent the first three decades of my life on the stage and screen, I admit I still miss the buzz of performing and the joy of directing. Since writing is a solitary profession, I've

What if…self-publishing takes too much time?

October 14th, 2018|

As someone who thrives on a challenge, I ventured into self-publishing my romantic suspense, Retribution. The story of Jessie, Brad and his dog, Whiskey has been a winner with readers. It's received 5star reviews from Amazon Top 500 Reviewers and achieves an average rating consistently above 4 stars

What if…it’s time for a break?

July 10th, 2018|

After a wonderful book launch for Retribution, I've had my head-down on the marketing, preparing for the launch of my next book and writing the first of my Diana Daniels mysteries. Go, go, go! I keep going because there is an equation to living a successful, happy and fulfilling life.

What if…it’s time to party?

June 16th, 2018|

I love to party! And throwing a launch party for my new releases is always fun. There's usually lots of friends and readers sipping champagne and talking all things bookish. When I sign the books, I love chatting to each person and getting photos taken. It's a precious time for

What if…it hurts?

June 4th, 2018|

Over the past few months, I’ve ventured along the self-publishing pathway with my next book, Retribution. I vowed not to be beaten by the myriad of things I had to learn. At the end of long, gruelling days, I didn’t have a head ache, but I could feel

What if…it’s more than the writing?

May 4th, 2018|

Like many writers, when I first started out, my dream was to be offered a contract by a publisher. I was one of the lucky ones. I was offered a contract by Luminosity Publishing for my first three erotic romances, the Dance of Love

What if…it’s not just about the story?

February 6th, 2018|

I'm an impassioned person and inspired writer. The story ideas which take up residence in my mind and hunker down in my body come to me basically complete. I do not think about what I'm going to write next. The next story idea presents itself to me as a gift.

What if…writer’s block is an illusion?

September 25th, 2017|

In the short time I've been on my writing journey, I've heard and read much about writer's block. That dreaded dark space where ideas fear to tread. A kind of no-man's-land waiting to swallow up any unsuspecting creativity lingering on the edge of the writer's mind. In its

What if…I win with my unpublished manuscript?

August 18th, 2017|

I couldn't believe it when my name was announced as the winner of the Best Unpublished Romance Manuscript 2017 at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in August. What a wonderful surprise! More than that, it confirmed that all the time, energy and effort I put into writing

What if…my puppies want in on my writing?

May 31st, 2017|

One of the greatest joys in my life is my furry family. My darling shih tzu puppies, KoKo and Chanel are with me everyday in my office as I tap into my inspiration to create my stories. No matter how many hours I spend writing or editing, they are there.

What if…there’s just so much to do?

May 25th, 2017|

Twenty-first century life runs at a frenetic pace. Much faster than the twentieth century - I assure you. Every day there is more to do and seemingly less hours in the day. Personally, I've found each year whizzes past faster and faster. In the midst of doing my daily life, including managing

What if…I win again?

March 7th, 2017|

Imagine my surprise when on Valentine's Day this year, I receive news that the other two erotic romances in my Dance of Love series, Tiny Dancer and Dance to a Gypsy Beat, won Luminosity Publishing Readers' Choice Awards for Best Book and Best Cover 2016. Last year, when my

What if…rejections just keep coming?

February 11th, 2017|

Toward the end of 2016, I completed my fourth book. A mysterious romantic suspense, set in Melbourne and rural New South Wales, it is a story of family betrayal, buried secrets, unrequited revenge and hope. Here's a quick blurb... On the brink of becoming a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet Company, Jessie

What if…inspiration doesn’t come?

January 19th, 2017|

I have always been a highly creative person and as such, I learned not to push my creativity. As 2016 came to a close, I had a number of new story ideas floating around in my mind, however none of them cheered loudly enough 'write me, write me.' So I

What if…time slips away?

November 30th, 2016|

The second half of 2016 has truly slipped away. Crammed with so much inspiration and activity, I have repeatedly moved my blogging to my To-Do list week after week. But to scold myself would be counter-productive. As an author my first commitment must be to my writing, and I've been

What if…I publish three books in just over a year?

August 7th, 2016|

If someone had told me when I started this journey to be a published author, that I would have my first three books published in just over a year, I would have thought they were overly optimistic. But it happened!The third book in my Dance of Love series, Dance to

What if…it just bets better and better?

July 29th, 2016|

I learned a long time ago, that unless we expect magic and miracles to abound in our lives, they won't. It is no accident why dreams come true... Dreams comes true because of the intention, attention and action taken on their behalf. After completing the third book of my erotic

What if…I get it right?

June 6th, 2016|

The launch of my second erotic romance Tiny Dancer, Dance of Love, Book Two was so much fun. As Tiny Dancer is set in the Moulin Rouge Paris, a group of friends and readers joined me for the French-themed event, where we drank bubbly, ate delicious food and generally partied

What if…my stories are too out there?

May 19th, 2016|

As a woman who has always done things differently to most people, the question of being 'too out there' has been a constant in my life. Never one to back down from a challenge or to stand up for the rights of others, I have found myself on the leading

What if…I get to meet my readers?

March 20th, 2016|

I love meeting and talking with people. And at the Readers & Writers Down Under Convention on the Gold Coast in March, I was in my element. My workshop Putting Eros into Erotic Romance gave readers and writers the opportunity to learn not just about creating successful sex scenes, but

What if…I can’t keep up?

March 14th, 2016|

On 1st March, Tiny Dancer, Dance of Love, Book Two was released. The merry-go-round spins once more. Gotta claim the book on all the Amazon websites, Goodreads and the rest. Spend more time sending out newsletters, Facebook posts, blogs etc, telling everyone about your new release. I'm on the never-ending

What if…something unexpected happens?

February 23rd, 2016|

Do you remember the timeless musical The Sound of Music? Where the Captain and Maria finally reveal their love for each other as they stand in the rotunda in the moonlight? And she sings, For somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good... Well that's exactly

What if…plotting and pantsing go hand-in-hand?

February 7th, 2016|

The new year started with a bang! Aside from the hurly-burly of promoting Dancing Queen and preparing my workshop presentations for the Readers & Writers Down Under Conference in March, I began plotting Dance to a Gypsy Beat, Dance of Love, Book Three. Whenever I begin a new project, I

What if…there isn’t enough time?

December 24th, 2015|

I cannot recall recently hearing anyone exclaiming they have enough time to do all the things they need or want to do. The usual catch-cry from all of us, particularly writers, is that there isn't enough time. It seems that everyone suffers from time debt and as I neared the

What if…readers like my book?

December 5th, 2015|

This is a biggie for authors. Will people like my book? Will they get me? Since I write love stories laced with the divine feminine and with a twist in the ending, I wasn't sure how readers would respond. Writing a book is like making an investment in your future

What if…this is my Fifty Shades?

November 20th, 2015|

I had to laugh when the Gold Coast Bulletin article appearing soon after my book launch referred to Dancing Queen as Fifty Shades of Diane. Although not quite the case, the universe's irony was not lost on me at all. Erotic Glimpse between the Covers... It seems Gold Coasters love

What if…this is too much fun?

November 15th, 2015|

What a silly question... you can never have too much fun in life! As someone who loves a party and has been responsible for directing and managing multi-million dollar events, I thoroughly enjoyed my paperback book launch. Autographing copies of Dancing Queen, reading excerpts and chatting with my friends, readers

What if…I am on purpose?

October 30th, 2015|

Feelings on unworthiness, emptiness and confusion can oftentimes become so overwhelming that depression seeps into the core of a person, shackling them from expressing their power and purpose. However I discovered there are antidotes to these crippling emotions, in the form of creative expression, personal peace and a passion for

What if…my life changes?

October 14th, 2015|

Bingo! that's what I wanted. A change of direction and of career. Not that I was unhappy where I was before I embarked on this writing journey. It's just that I had more to offer and more to be. Life is so short. The last thirty years of my life

What if…it all happens?

September 30th, 2015|

This seems a silly question, but whenever we energise a destiny we desire there can be a residual thought of what happens if this all does happen. Questioning the very thing we desire the most demonstrates we still doubt the power of our intention. For me, I knew this questioning

What if…being a published author is simple?

August 26th, 2015|

Throughout my life there is one critical lesson I learned. Life may not always be easy, but it is simple. There are basic universal laws operating at all times and in order for us to generate the results we desire most, we need to understand these laws. Everything is energy

What if…I pull out all the stops?

July 30th, 2015|

Never one to do things by halves, I decided to go the 'full monty' and invest in a book trailer. Having been a director, choreographer and entertainer, I knew exactly what I wanted to convey to the viewer. The book trailer needed to capture the essence of my story, reflecting

What if…my assigned editor doesn’t like my style?

July 25th, 2015|

I couldn't wait to work with an editor. To think I had someone far more learned than me reviewing my work and offering suggestions and corrections thrilled me to the core. Here was a chance for me to learn from a professional and one which I didn't have to pay.

What if…publishers do want my book?

June 30th, 2015|

As a hopeful author, I had no idea just how much time it would take to research the vast number of international publishers, short-list them and then submit my MS to each, either through direct email or online via their submission website. Weeks I spent trying to find the best

What if…no publisher wants my work?

May 16th, 2015|

In order to minimize the number of rejections I might receive for my first manuscript (MS) submission, I honed my writing skills, focussed on my craft and decided to submit the best work I could create at the time. Therefore once I’d finished the MS, I edited it at least

What if…my books are lost in the plethora of books?

February 28th, 2015|

I think this insidious doubt rears its head for many authors as most of us love to share our stories with others. Deep within me abides a desire to entertain, educate or inspire my readers through my writing and storytelling. I write because I love the process and to see

What if…my significant others aren’t too impressed?

February 1st, 2015|

Who cares! Well that’s not quite right. We all need to consider our civilian life of lovers, partners, family and friends, but we hope they will demonstrate their love by supporting us. Before embarking on this lonely, crazy journey to authorhood, I’d discussed my dream with my husband. Well, it

What if…I’m fooling myself?

January 20th, 2015|

God, am I an idiot or what? I’m 56years of age and giving up hours every night to study online creative writing courses. Isn’t this the time when we baby-boomers are supposed to be living on easy street and relaxing? But, ever since I was in the womb, I’d been

What if…I can’t be a published author?

January 15th, 2015|

This is the very next question that pops up in a writer’s mind once they decide to have their precious words committed to print for all time. Although, throughout my life I’d toyed with the idea of being an author, I never thought I’d write erotic fiction but bam! That’s

What if… I can be a published author?

January 5th, 2015|

Back in 2013, I asked myself this question after I finally read Fifty Shades of Grey, once the rest of the world devoured it. I refrained from reading the book for as long as I could but finally succumbed. As suspected, I didn’t enjoy it very much, for as a