I am a helper of writers, a polisher of words, a lover of story, a safe but incisive pair of hands.


I have been a book editor for seventeen years, working on:

  • Literary fiction and hard-hitting non-fiction

  • The Rosie Project

  • Beautiful memoir

  • Dragonkeeper

  • Angel books smouldering with URST

  • Crime & thrillers

  • Romance (political, rural, teen)

  • and everything in between.


  • Untangling

  • Finding where the cliches gather & the plot holes have formed

  • Fixing continuity problems

  • Asking questions and offering solutions in a boots and all kind of way

  • Sometimes I fall in love with your characters.

  • Many of my books have gone on to become award-winners and bestsellers


She did a wonderful job. 
Graeme simsion / the rosie project

her influence still inspires my writing. 
paula weston / shadows, rephaim

I envy any writer lucky enough to work with her. 
a.j. Betts / zac & mia



I live in regional Victoria, with a view over a winter wonderland, a room upstairs to write, edit and hold workshops in,
and an appreciation for the cold in Peter Temple's novels.

Under the Cold Bright Lights, Garry Disher
Two Steps Forward, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist
Enigma and An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris
Foreign Soil and The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke
La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman
The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
Take Three Girls, Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell
Resurrection Bay, Emma Viskic
My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
The Lucky One, Caroline Overington
Gravity Well, Melanie Joosten
Olive Ketteridge, Elizabeth Strout
Rowland Sinclair mysteries, Sulari Gentill
The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie
Dublin Murder Squad, Tana French
High Rising, Angela Thirkell
The Secret Science of Magic, Melissa Keil
Force of Nature, Jane Harper
Legacy of Spies, John Le Carre
The Undercurrent, Paula Weston
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, Stephen Grosz
Princess Betony and the Hobgoblin, Pamela Freeman
The Murder of Mary Russell & Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
Ballad for a Mad Girl, Vikki Wakefield
Early One Morning, Virginia Baily
The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie
All That I Am, Anna Funder
Trick of the Dark, Val McDermid
Leviathan & Goliath, Scott Westerfeld
Garry Disher's Bitter Wash Road
The Dry, Jane Harper
Dying: a memoir, Cory Taylor
Illuminae & Gemina, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Lately, I have been reading

Peck Peck Peck, Lucy Cousins
Room On Our Rock, Kate Temple
Losing the Plot, Elizabeth Coleman
The Women’s Brain Book, Dr Sarah McKay
The Erratics, Vicki Laveau-Harvie
The Skeleton Road, Val McDermid
Big Sky, Kate Atkinson
To Night Owl From Dog Fish, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Meg Wollitzer
The Ruin, Dervla McTiernan
The Explorers, Katherine Rundell
Rooftoppers, Katherine Rundell
All That Impossible Space, Anna Morgan
Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout
Sick Bay, Nova Weetman
The Man in the Queue, Josephine Tey
Accidental Feminist, Jane Caro
The Rosie Result, Graeme Simsion
Wakestone Hall, Judith Rossell
Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, Louise Milligan
The Ranger’s Apprentice, John Flannagan
The Fragments, Toni Jordan
Amelia Westlake, Erin Gough
Sane New World, Ruby Wax
Famous Five, Enid Blyton
Any Ordinary Day, Leigh Sales
The President is Missing, Bill Clinton/James Patterson
The Wych Elm, Tana French
Hickory Dickory Dock, Agatha Christie
The Stranger Diaries, Elly Griffiths
The Arsonist, Chloe Hooper
The Nowhere Child, Christian White
The Love That I Have, James Maloney
After the Lights Go Out, Lili Wilkinson
Simple, Ottonlenghi
Hive, AJ Betts
Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
They Came to Baghdad, Agatha Christie
Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
The War I Finally Won, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Secret of the Night Train, Sylvia Bishop
The Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty
Transcription, Kate Atkinson
Blue Nights, Joan Didion
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Normal People, Sally Rooney
The Lost Man, Jane Harper
Scrublands, Chris Hammer
Bleed For Me, Michael Robotham
Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
Imagine: the Science of Creativity, Jonah Lehrer
The Net and the Butterfly, Olivia Fox Cabane & Judah Pollack
The Children, Charlotte Wood
The Hypnotist's Love Story, Liane Moriarty
Eggshell Skull, Bri Li
Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black
The Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Zero Fucks Cookbook, Yumi Stynes
The Bone Garden, Tess Gerritson
Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
Polly and Buster, Sally Rippin
Untidy Towns, Kate O'Donnell
The Late Show, Michael Connelly
The Blood Card, Elly Griffiths
Flywheel, Erin Gough
The Dark Angel, Elly Griffiths
The Clever Guts Diet, Michael Mosley
Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley