From when I was a little girl I never imagined I would work a normal nine to five job. My passion was always for the arts.
As far back as I can remember I wanted to grow up to be Cinderella…not Cinderella herself, but someone who wore glamorous dresses and went to parties all of the time. It wasn’t long before I realised that wasn’t going to earn me much money, so my tune changed and I was going to be an actor.
Every day after school I would coax my sister, thank goodness she was patient, to be my prince. That was until I discovered Barbie and the Rockers! I already attended dance classes so it was only natural that singing became part of my journey. Let’s just say I was a better dancer than I was singer, but I loved it all the same.
Eleven years old, my parents enrolled me in modelling classes. I was in my element. I loved the make up, the clothes, and the catwalk is what I did best…but I was too short. Lucky for me, height didn’t restrict me too much in Perth.
During my last year of primary school adults began to ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. Most laughed when I said I wanted to be an actor, and proceeded to tell me that wasn’t a real job, so I started to consider real jobs.
As the school head girl and president of the Gould League Club I decided that I needed to come up with a sensible answer, even though I had just landed the lead female role in the school musical, Oliver. I don’t know how I came up with my alternative careers, but being a lawyer or a psychologist sounded appealing.
From too young I was eager to please others, at the detriment of what was important to me. I didn’t want to grow up to get married, buy a house and have babies, but that was considered strange, so I altered that answer too.
As an adult I floundered for years. I had a baby at eighteen to my partner who was diagnosed with oesophagus and stomach cancer. I never imagined he wouldn’t make it through. I was nineteen when he died. This threw my life into a downward spiral of me settling for the sensible alternative.
I have since tried practically every job imaginable. I got married, but have since separated, and I had three more children.
In 2012 I started writing. Although, when I think back, I was always writing. Be it through script, journalling, or short stories, I just didn’t recognise it as career choice.
I joined the local writers’ centre, KSP, and became the chairperson at the next AGM, a position I held for three and a half years. I attended every writing workshop I could, travelled the country and even went to the US to better my craft. I write gothic/paranormal fiction as Renee, contemporary women’s fiction and romance as Brenna Darcy, and young adult fiction as Rori Rayne.
As I enjoy studying, I have qualified as an interior design and decorator, a phlebotomist, and an aromatherapist. I’ve studied a double degree, Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a Certificate IV in Marketing. I am a student of life coaching, an ever growing industry I love and will continue to study so long as I am practising ~ I mentor adults and children, working with them toward achieving their dreams.
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