If 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.
While 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…. playing in bands. (I think a little bit of radio will sneak in there as well.)