b&w performance 1 1995If one more person said to me “When one door closes another one opens,” I was going to throttle them. But you know what? They were right. For years I’d been playing in bands, touring and releasing CDs. I’d had a great time but was getting nowhere. When my last band broke up I knew I couldn’t do it all over again. I was heartbroken and exhausted and I had no idea what to do next. I’d studied acting at the Victorian College of the Arts and played in bands in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney, none of which had set me up for a career. All I could see ahead was a string of dead-end jobs. That’s when the other door opened. It didn’t just open, a doorman opened it for me with a smile and inside a group of people greeted me with open arms. That was the doorway to radio.

While I was working in bands I played music and talked in between. When I started in commercial radio I played music and talked in between. Perfect. I was in radio for over 18 years. I started in commercial radio as a presenter and Music Director. I joined the ABC on the Sunshine Coast and stayed there for 15 years. In that time I presented every shift ever invented and was the Music Director both locally and nationally. I presented the national networked program from the Woodford Folk Festival many times and had my own national show on ABC Local Radio digital and online, and on Radio Australia.

Sex, Drugs and MeditationWhile I was working with the ABC I wanted to find out whether I could write a book and if, after having done that, I would want to write another. I took six months leave without pay and discovered the answer to both  questions was, “Yes.” Sex, Drugs and Meditation was published in 2013 by Pan Macmillan. How To Stay Married was launched on my tenth wedding anniversary. Now I’ve left radio to write fiction about…. well, you’ll find out 🙂

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  1. My multi-talented beautiful little sister
    On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create…
    a beautiful soul who would explore every avenue of her creative being, who would work hard and with integrity, and when the door opened, fly through it with outstretched arms and embrace the wonders it offered and share them with the world.

  2. Hi Mary-lou,
    I have just discovered your site by establishing a facebook friendship with Tasmanian Senator Lin Thorp, who I have known for about 15 years, and who is a fb friend of yours. I am a seff-employed furniture designer/manufacturer, and I recently started a facebook page to spread images of Tasmania’s unique Special Timbers, the people who harvest and supply them, the people who work with them, and the products they make. It is more about images, and less about words. It is not about sales promotion, it is just eye candy for the lovers of fine, rare and beautiful timbers…. Key in Tasmania’s Special Timbers in the fb search box, and up it comes… enjoy!

    1. Hi George

      Lin is my sister-in-law, yes Toby is my big brother. I’m keen to learn more about what you do. My second novel includes an investigation of sorts into forestry in Tasmania, the positives as well as the negatives. Yours sounds like a very positive story.

  3. Hi Mary-Lou,
    well, that explains it! A nice connection….
    Forestry, forestry history and the people involved is a rich vein for evocative writers to mine. Some real characters there! I could line up some references for you to get some background, both books and online sources. Did you see the Special Timbers facebook site? Interested in your impressions…

  4. Thanks! Please sneak in a reference to my ‘Tasmania’s Special Timbers’ facebook page wherever you can, or wherever appropriate…

    I will give Lin and Toby a hi and a rev-up as a result!

    thanks heaps,


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