Which direction to go? The world is so exciting - though home is our haven.
Like a lot of girls from the country I moved to Sydney at seventeen and started my training as a nurse, and later a midwife. There I met my wonderful husband, Ian, and we've been married for thirty five years and been blessed with five boys, now between twenty-two and thirty-three years.
Prudently, when we began to produce boys, we moved to northern NSW and now live on two hundred acres with kangaroos, wallabies and grass that grows faster than the speed of light when it rains. Which is great for the cows.
I've always loved reading and it's fed my passion for writing. My first medical romance novel was published by Harlequin in 2001 and now I'm on my thirty fourth novel. I've been nominated for the Romantic Book of The Year with Romance Writers of Australia and the US based Cataromance Readers Choice Award and have sold over 2 million books, in twelve languages, but what I love the most is women writing to me and saying, 'Thank you. Now I understand about my premature baby's birth and the how's and why's of her stay in hospital.'
Or 'I had no idea I had those choices with my birth.' Once a midwife, always a midwife, I guess. But seriously, women are powerful, and I love to write about their amazing journeys.
My non-fiction birth guide book has provided me with lovely responses from women who have used it before going into labour - and some who have been trying to finish it in labour - and men who've said, "Thank you! Now I understand." :) I've found my niche because helping women in labour and explaining things simply, as well as sharing stories, is what I do.
As I may have mentioned, in my other life, I work almost full-time as a midwife, and spent ten years as a facilitator for a teenage mothers group - all different aspects I love and often include in my writing - because the power and strength in women of all ages continues to awe me. Then there's some teaching that I adore that keeps me on my toes and let's me scoot all over our incredible continent.
My world is hectic but so it seems to be for most people, but boy, I get to see some incredible places and meet fabulous people. I love to be amazed.
Someone once asked about my all-time fantasy. My answer? 'Cruising around the world with my husband and my laptop computer, writing novels between ports. Did I tell you I loved the movie 'Romancing The Stone'?
Though, recently, when we again went outback and soaked in the distances, I've decided now I wouldn't mind just nosing around in a 4WD from outpost to outpost.
For the moment, I'm closer to the sea. The piccie below is my campsite at South West Rocks on a recent writing retreat with a mate, in northern NSW Australia. A favourite place to write that I manage at least once a year. One day I'm going to set my Time Travel Midwife book here.
I have loved every one of my over thirty books for Harlequin, and there are lots of exciting promises for the future as well. Not the least my updated DON'T PANIC GUIDE TO BIRTH, now an e-book on Amazon, and the new BREECH BABY A Guide For Parents which can be purchased in e-book or paperback. Check out Bettina Dwyer's fab illustrations in the new non-fiction books.
But for now - with Penguin Australia, first came RED SAND SUNRISE in 2014, then The HOMESTEAD GIRLS in 2015, big rural fiction books very dear to my heart because I so admire our outback pioneers past and present, the medical staff who care for them, and those who keep the towns in outback Australia such vibrant and iconic wonders.
Which brings me to AUSSIE MIDWIVES, published 2016, and my absolute pleasure to present the true stories from 19 Australian midwives from the centre to the sea in an anthology that celebrates life.
and warmest wishes xx Fi