Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, I migrated to Australia as a child way back in 1957, and grew up in the small town of Yallourn, where my father worked as an engineer. Once I'd finished high school, I moved to Melbourne to study science at Monash University, then worked in a variety of professions, including youth work, teaching, and as a laboratory technician. I returned to study, at Swinburne University, in 1984 (sociology), and again in 1989 (information technology). Before retiring in 2006, I worked in the IT field in various positions, my last one being as a departmental IT Manager with Monash University in Melbourne. Besides paid work and study, I've also done a great deal of voluntary work, mainly in the trade union movement and in environmental politics.
On the more personal side, I've had a lifelong interest in gardening, writing (mostly poetry, until I took it into my head to write a book!) and art. Until fairly recently, I was also someone who always had lots of cats, mostly rescued from somewhere or other. They still tend to turn up on my doorstep, but I now find other homes for them as there's an abundance of wild birds where I live, and I now prefer to 'look after' them, rather than cats. However, cats are a central theme in my first book, 'The Cicada', which was published in 2009, but is now available a revised edition. The book was a very long time in its development as I faced a very steep learning curve, as I imagine most new authors do. It was hard work, but worthwhile, and I have used my professional and personal background to provide authenticity to its details. I've always enjoyed both science fiction and crime/mystery, so decided to combine the two, while exploring some current social issues in a futuristic context. My second book, 'A Death in the Making' is a sequel and is now published as well, soon to be followed by the third in the series, 'The Seed Gatherers'. All three books are set primarily in Australia.