In a nutshell
Since 2003 I've played with words for various organisations, in various genres, and on various topics.
Connecting words into meaningful sentences, paragraphs and stories is my passion. Travel writing and children's stories are my two favourite things to write.
But with experience in the engineering and construction sector, political sphere, and the defence, education, health, automotive, entertainment and agricultural industries, I can easily and quickly adapt any written material for any industry or topic.
What all this means for you, is that I have the skills and experience to write just about anything, for just about anyone. From a simple letter calling for sponsorship, to a 20-minute speech or presentation, a government funding or grant submission, or even a specialised blog - I can help you get results.
The nuts and bolts
I've travelled extensively throughout Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, and in 2011 I started to write travel blogs for Allianz Insurance about my exploits. It fired a passion for the love of travel writing and I did a couple of online courses from the Australian Writers' Centre.
Since then, I've been published in Wild, Caravan & Camping With Kids, On The Road, Great Walks, Unsealed 4X4, RV Daily, Paradise (Air Nuigini's inflight magazine), Silkwinds (Silk Air's inflight magazine) 4WD Touring, The Big Bus, Out & About With Kids, Go Camping and 4WD Adventures, Get Up & Go, Beer and Brewer, Sprout, The Top Ender, and The Wagga Way.
In 2017 I met the requirements of becoming an Associate Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.
I've also written content for clients such as Wotif Insider, Queensland Tourism, TFE Hotels, and Choice Hotels.
I love all aspects of travel - the planning, the destination, adventure, camping, luxurious, romance, finding the unexplored places, and travelling with little people.
I am always looking out for good travel stories to pitch to various magazines. So, perhaps you are in the holiday industry and would like an independent story written on your tour, hotel, or destination. Get in touch with me and pitch your ideas.
Aside from travel writing, I also love penning a human interest tale, and exploring parenting issues, sustainable living and eating, and military history and current issues for Defence members.
I'm also keen to write picture books for children, so when inspiration strikes I put pen to paper to get those ideas down!
Media and government relations
Throughout my career I've worked with both a Federal Member for Parliament and as a contractor to State Government Infrastructure departments. In these roles, I undertook various tasks including writing and editing media releases, newsletters, speeches and other communications collateral.
At every point liaison with all levels of government was necessary and this has given me a unique insight to how goverments work and how they like to communicate the written word. It has also given me a terrific understanding of what deparments look for in funding and grant submission applications.
Keeping the community informed and involved in activities and projects that may impact on them is critical in securing support and in determining key issues. Through my work with egineering companies and State Goverment departments, I have successfully communicated with various members of the public through letters, newsletters, flyers and website copy.
Marketing takes in so many mediums - copywriting for radio and television commercials, and print advertisements, planning an implementing social media marketing, website content, search engine optimisation (SEO), and competitions. Ensuring content and key messaging is consistent across all mediums is another critical component for success.
Queensland University of Technology
Graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. After some time putting my new skills into practice, I returned to university on a part time basis to complete my Master of Business, majoring in Public Relations, graduating in 2010. Both qualifications have set in me in good stead for a thorough understanding of how important Public Relations is to successful businesses.
I received the Dean's Award for Excellence based on my academic results in my post graduate studies.
Associate Member; Australian Society of Travel Writers
In 2017 I met the requirements to become an Associate Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Membership is assessed annually and is renewed based on the number of words and images published.
Membership to the society means I am connected to excellent writers, editors and travel professionals.
Public Relations Institute of Australia, Member
Since 2008 I have been a full member of the Public Relations Instuitue of Australia. Membership requires me to be ethical in all my dealings and all my work practices are to the highest standard.
Membership to the PRIA also means I have at my fingertips leading industry research, knowledge sharing among other industry professionals, and workshops to keep my skills at the top of my game.
Golden Key International Honour Society, Member
After my expectional results in my Master of Business, I was invited to become a member of the exclusive Golden Key International Honour Society. Membership means I engage with some of the greatest academic minds in all areas - science, medicine, mathematics, business, law - and can draw on expertise on almost all areas should the need arise.