I was born and raised in South Africa. As an only child with few friends, I started writing to pen pals from all over the world and joined the global community long before the Internet came along. When I finished school I went on to study horticulture, as this seemed the natural choice given my love of gardening from an early age. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the fact I was writing articles for the African violet club I belonged to at age 12, rather than the plants per se. Once working in the field, I realised my physique didn't quite suit an outdoor job and I went on to do a secretarial course to fill the gap while I figured out what to do.
The gap lasted much longer than I wanted but during that time I got to travel and visited the Amazon rain forests in Brazil, became acquainted with my Belgian and English roots touring through Europe and the UK, and developed a love of butter tarts and great prairies visiting Canada.
In 2001 my next journey via Singapore had a permanent destination when I immigrated to New Zealand. I spent several years in Christchurch working as a legal secretary and then medical typist while studying writing and editing part time, and started doing some freelance editing work on the side under the name of WordsWorth Publishing Services.
A few years later I moved to Wellington to do the Whitireia publishing course and ended up staying. This launched my career in publishing and I started at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and worked on print and online publications for the immigration and labour services. I then moved onto website content editing and administration at Radio New Zealand.