Ali’s Activities

As of 2018, I am a full-time writer and content creator. My days consist of reading, writing, thinking, and repeatedly checking emails for replies to my queries.

Because I get a buzz out of creative community, I invest a lot of time and energy into the kidlit and literary scenes locally and on a statewide level. I’m the state coordinator (or ARA) of SCBWI – Queensland and the founder of the Sunshine Coast Writers’ Roundtable. I’m also new to the wonderful world of Toastmasters, which I will hope will equip me to lead well in my community roles.

In late 2019, I was one of two artists-in-residence at the Crows Nest, a creative residency funded by the Sunshine Coast Council. My writer-buddy Kellie Byrnes and I shared a studio situated on a tiny sand island in the Maroochy River. It was every bit as delightful as it sounds.

In the past, I worked briefly in marketing and communications in the private education sector. Before that I had a long and rewarding career as a school counsellor in a P-12 school.

My husband and I have three grown daughters, all artsy and gorgeous, and two naughty dogs—a neurotic Staffy named Huckleberry and Luna, a sassy Foxy-Jack, AKA: the Tiny Terrierist.

Living at the beach allows for lots of activity. I’m yoga-reliant to unkink the writer’s neck and escape my busy mind. I am a “SUPper” (standup paddle boarder) and, after being inspired by a vibrant 87-year-old lady, an aspiring boogie-boarder.

I’m also rediscovering my love of visual art. Watch this space. Maybe I will fulfil a life-long dream of illustrating picture books!

Image Credit: Photo by Katrina on Unsplash

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