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. One of our family traditions was to tell the story behind what we'd seen. So, if we saw a sheep walking with a duck, a new story was born.

When I was a teenager we moved near the ocean. Every day my friend and I rode her horse down dusty back roads or along sand dunes, pretending we were great explorers, and once a week I took my 50cc motorbike into town for another load of library books. (Yes . . . I got my licence at 15 years old!)

During summer holidays and weekends, I mowed lawns, delivered newspapers, and sold ice-cream cones at a corner store - I was saving money for my first car.

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 also wanted to write.

And one day I did . . . and couldn't stop!

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