A bit about me…

I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in Far North Queensland. I grew up in a small town just south of Cairns and studied law at James Cook University in Townsville. The people in that part of Australia are lovely, the weather is not.

It’s hot and it’s wet (aside from Townsville which is colloquially called from Brownsville due to lack of rain).

Not long after my 22nd birthday I moved to the Hunter Valley where I studied at the University of Newcastle and obtained an honours degree in Modern Languages.

I love that area of the world. The people are fabulous and it’s not hot.

Quite the opposite: I had to scrape ice off the car windscreen each morning.

Like all good things, my time in and around the Hunter Valley ended and my family and I moved back to North Queensland. I remember telling my parents not to get excited, that I only intended to stay for six months: you know what they say about best laid plans! Six months became eleven years before the extreme heat and cyclones pushed me south again, this time to Toowoomba.

Work took me from Toowoomba to the Sunshine Coast, then to the dizzying heights of Brisbane before bringing me back again. Toowoomba is a lifestyle choice that suits my needs for now.

Who knows where the next leg of my journey will take me when the time comes!

I’ve been writing since 2010 and dedicated my first book to my grandfather who steered me towards a writing career long before I seriously considered it.

I generally manage a book a year, although sometimes life pushes it out a bit longer than that.

I make a point of setting my novels in places I’ve lived or visited. It needs to be a place that I love as I spend so much time there mentally in creating the book.

For me you’ll find Scotland, Tasmania, Newcastle, South Australia and the Great Ocean Road.

Louise Rotondo