Jennifer regards herself as an apprentice writer. She’s now reached a stage in her life where she has the courage to commit herself to writing and to devote time to practising the craft.
Jennifer has been involved in music throughout her life, mainly as an oboist. She says that the discipline of music practice helps her to be a disciplined writer.
She has published a novel, Lily Campbell’s Secret, based in Woodend, where she used to live, a town about 50 km north west of Melbourne. The story is set around the time of WWI. Jennifer has now embarked on her second novel. She has also written a memoir about playing the oboe.
Jennifer has a blog on her website Little Smackerel. The blog contains short fiction, reviews of plays, concerts and films and some travel writing.
Jennifer spends most of her writing time on her current novel, but also writes short stories. Some recent accomplishments are a story published in the anthology, The Sky Falls Down, edited by Terry Whitebeach and Gina Mercer, a first place in the 2019 Continuum short story competition, short-listing for the 2018 Alan Marshall competition and an honourable mention in the 2012 Henry Handel Richardson competition. Some of Jennifer’s nonfiction work has been published and she has had stories read on ‘Cover to Cover’ on Vision Australia Radio.
Jennifer is a founding member of Elwood Writers, formed in 2007. She treasures the advice and support from her Elwood Writers colleagues.