Ali’s Activities

As of 2018, I am a full-time writer and content creator, though I remain pre-published. Besides caring for my elderly father-in-law, 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 am the founder of the Sunshine Coast Writers’ Roundtable, and the coordinator of my region’s sub-branch of SCBWI. 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 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 a sassy Foxy-Jack Russell terror—I mean ‘terrier’—named Luna.

Living at the beach allows for lots of activity. I’m yoga-reliant to get the writer’s kinks out 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