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I live in an Australian country town in southeast Queensland, with my husband, Andrew, and seven pet rats - Inky, Margaret, Lizzie and one male, Mozart, who has recently had his expectations cut extremely short! There are three big loving males called Prodigal, Harley and Willy Yum Yum.
I have three lovely adult children all married and responsible citizens in spite of their mad mother. We have three grandchildren - Evan who just turned 19 and is driving his own car (OMG) Ben who has just turned 10 and doing so well with his maths, and Ally who is 6 and a peach of a girl!
For thirteen years we lived on a 35 acre farm, running a small Scottish Highland cattle stud (Fold) and valeting mice. Yes,mice! Our primary business was actually a mouse circus which kept the roof over the heads of ourselves, our cats, our dogs and our cows for ten years. Andrew, known to the show fraternity as The Mouse Man, traveled throughout southeast and western Queensland, northern and western New South Wales and as far south as Coffs Harbour with the circus, which was featured in lots of TV shows and documentaries.
A few years ago, we retired and the mouse circus sold.( YouTube, mouse circus Australia)I continued to judge the mice at the Queensland Rat & Mouse Club shows.
My first novel: THE NAKED ROOM :http://tinyurl.com/ohu4n46
I was presenting an episode of my weekly classical music program and the thought surfaced: what would happen if the main performer didn't turn up for the concert? Of course, it followed that something pretty drastic would have to happen for that to occur. Artists of any genre will perform on their deathbeds, so why would Ally Carpenter (the name popped into my mind without conscious thought) go missing?
Second in the Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott series: http://tinyurl.com/ltsdqvo
I needed to find out what happened to some of them, so before I finished N/Room, I began THE CELIBATE MOUSE. I had to get her into the country, so it became necessary to work out why a city cop would voluntarily move there for an extended time.
In 2008, Andrew and I, who are members of the Working Sheepdogs Association, went to Tasmania to see the finals of the Tasman Cup in Launceston.I was watching a trial finish. The human competitor was standing exposed to the elements at the last pen, just about to close it on the three sheep, with the dog poised to prevent breakouts. A breathless moment indeed. A scenario popped into my slimy little mind.'You could pick him off with a rifle quite easily.' Hence the opening line in Celibate Mouse: 'There is no mistaking the crack of a high powered rifle.'
Why? Well, you will have to buy, now that it is up there beside The Naked Room!
SHORT STORIES: All available on Amazon e-books for 0.99c
Christmas with Snoz: http://tinyurl.com/mflma2g
The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether: http://tinyurl.com/meorht7
An Honourable Man: http://tinyurl.com/m532qoq
Frisbee, Rat Detective: http://tinyurl.com/ltqe5fu
and the latest:
Requiem for a Lost Youth: http://tinyurl.com/lrpb8wg
More to be posted, and After Ariel, the third in the DSS Susan Prescott series will be published, hopefully, at the end of July. This was held up due to a small bout with cancer in mid-2013 but that is over now, except for the monitoring which will go on for five years.
Apart from beta reading, writing, editing and reviewing for KRL free online mag in California, I do volunteer work in our community, which includes producing and as I have mentioned, present a weekly classical radio program, Thursday Night Concert, streamed on the net. If you want to hear it you will have to work out your time difference. My program is on Brisbane, Queensland Australian time: Thursday. 7-9pm, RIMFM 101.1
I am passionate supporter of the RSPCA, Animals Rahat, SPANA, Animals Asia, WPSF and in Melbourne, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the Animal Welfare league. I am one of a trio of ladies who run Brisbane Rat Rescue.