Hello there, dear Reader
Waving from Australia and wishing you sunshine - unless you need rain.
In my other life from writing as a wife, a mum and grandmum, I worked as a midwife - hence the medical themes that recur in my books. I've been a facilitator for a teenage mums group, run parent groups, enjoyed clinical midwifery education as my day job and baby catching when I was blessed - all different aspects I love and loved and often include in my writing - because the power and strength in women of all ages continue to awe me.
Then there was a history of weekend obstetric emergency teaching that I adored and kept me on my toes while allowing me to scoot all over our incredible continent with like-minded people.
All of which I poured into my medical romance books for Harlequin, my women's fiction for Penguin Random House, and now TULE publishing and my author published books as well. Once a midwife...
There's more to come with my love of small self-help non-fiction like the updated DON'T PANIC GUIDE TO BIRTH, now an e-book on Amazon, which I wrote for young mums and dads. Works really well for grandmas too.
Plus BREECH BABY A Guide For Parents - a simple guide to a complex subject - which can be purchased in e-book or paperback designed for the unexpected pressure for decisions when your baby decides to come bottom first. Check out Bettina Dwyer's fab illustrations in the non-fiction books.
My main focus in writing now is with contemporary medical drama and I'm loving the wonderful friendships and the intergenerational rapport between my female lead characters. I hope you do too.
Every generation has so much to offer and of course, there will always be an uplifting ending. I do believe the world needs us to appreciate the inherent goodness and gentleness of people to counter the negatives we see every day in the news.
My Penguin books have been such a journey of love. First came RED SAND SUNRISE in 2014, then The HOMESTEAD GIRLS in 2015, HEART OF THE SKY in Jan 2017 and The BABY DOCTOR in October 2017. MOTHER'S DAY April 2018 and DESERT MIDWIFE in July 2019 and The BUSH TELEGRAPH September 2020. All big rural fiction books available in audio with the fab Caroline Lee as narrator for most of them.
My writing is dear to my heart because I so admire our outback pioneers past and present. But also the emergency and medical staff who care and give so much of themselves. It's people like those medical heroes who keep the stations and the towns in outback Australia such vibrant and iconic wonders.
Which brings me to AUSSIE MIDWIVES, published in 2016, and B Format and Audio in 2017, and my absolute pleasure to present the true stories from 19 'real' Australian midwives from the centre to the sea in an anthology that celebrates birth and life the Australian way.
I'm loving the Outback Brides Series from TULE Publishing in the US. HOLLY'S HEART, LACEY and MAEVE'S BABY are my Outback Brides Of Wirralong. I'm having such a hoot writing in a series with other Australian Authors.
And now, with revisiting, re-writing and republishing my out of print books in my new Author Publishing adventure. Going back to the beginning of Lyrebird Lake has been amazing fun.
So please do browse the book list, I have so many stories to share with you now and in the future.
I hope you can join me in the worlds I create and find your joy in the reading as I do in the writing.
I'm always happy to post a signed book for you or for someone special. Just contact me.
I wish you a very happy holiday in your book
and warmest wishes xx Fi