Western Victoria, Australia
Jay has long held a love of Australian history and recording or imagining the stories of the people that make it. Her writing is informed by a life lived to the full.
Jay has owned a pottery business, donned an apron to cook on outback bus tours, sung in a barbershop chorus and quartet, and worn high heels as a PR secretary.
She swapped a city life for a rural hobby farm where she raised a family and got down to earth with a menagerie including a peacock named Andrew, a milking cow, and an angora goat to supply fleece for spinning. A tiger snake infestation led them to move to a small town in Western Victoria, where she works in a library and convenes a book club and a writing group, preferring to spin literary yarns rather than fibre.
While writing at home, she’s often on call as an Community Ambulance Officer. She occasionally slows down and attends writing conferences, workshops and retreats around the country and loves visiting her son in Western Australia to hug his whippets and to soar in the azure skies in his tail-dragger RV-6 aeroplane.
Jay believes in making the most of every opportunity. In her teens she saved her girlfriend's life when they were both carried far out to sea in a rip on a deserted nudist back beach. Jay is a hopeless swimmer and believes in God.