I grew up with four brothers and a sister, cats, dogs, and guinea pigs in a small town on the east coast of the North Island in New Zealand.

When I was a teenager we moved near the ocean, and every day my neighbour and I rode her horse down dusty back roads or along sand dunes pretending to explore the world. And every Friday I rode my 50cc motorbike into town for more books from the library.

During summer holidays and weekends, I mowed lawns, delivered newspapers, and sold ice-cream cones at a corner store.

In high school I discovered my favourite subject - physics - and my career as an Orthotist and Prosthetist began. But while fitting arms and legs, and designing braces to help people stand, walk, and run, I knew I also wanted to write stories.

And one day I did . . .

and couldn't stop!

I now live in Toronto, Canada with my husband, family and dog, Molly.