Cover design by Lisa White

Cover design by Lisa White

Photo by Jacqueline Bawtree

Photo by Jacqueline Bawtree

I am a biologist and an award-winning writer living in Brisbane, Australia. I began studying and writing fiction in 2014, published my first literary short story in 2015 (here), won my first major award in 2017 (here), and my first novel — called THE BREEDING SEASON — was published by Allen & Unwin in September 2019).

Why do I write about science and scientists using fiction? Read more about that here, or at Nature here. I also teach workshops on writing science (for creative writers) and writing for impact (for scientists), and you can find out about upcoming workshops here.

In addition to my creative work, I collaborate with university researchers, academics, and leadership teams to improve the communication of their ideas and outcomes in grants, papers, and reports. I work across all disciplinary fields, not just science. I also coach early career researchers to improve writing skills via workshops or one-on-one sessions.

Last but not least, a little pep talk. It’s okay to be more than one thing! Our lives change (sometimes unexpectedly) and so do we, and we can use our past, transitional, and forthcoming experiences to make new art. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with all this, because I had a pretty-specific plan for my life and becoming a novelist and a freelance writer was not part of that plan! But we ADAPT. And as I said recently in the journal Nature (here), I believe the most interesting things happen in the spaces-between. Consider curating crossovers that inspire you (like I do here) and use them as inspiration to CREATE.