12045674_776376905821774_4445479539101736525_oHello, hello and thanks a heap for stopping by. Come on in and sit right down and make yourself at home. Pour some coffee and we can chat.

This website is for a rich exchange. We’re still building. Like Barbra, we’re a work in progress so revel now and do come back as we evolve.

One of the hardest things about writing is feeling I’m in a vacuum, typing words to a void. Having published my debut, Consumption: A Novel, in May 2011, and now The Skin of Water in February 2012, your support and enthusiasm has been really gratifying.

You’ll find heaps of fun stuff here and we can get to know one another. There’s my Bio and a Blog where I can get some things off my chest.

In The Novels page, I’ve provided some meta-text to both novels including synopses and excerpts, inspirations and research. You can hear me read some excerpts. Music has always been important to me and it’s seeped into my writing. So I’ve included links to some of the music used in both novels.

Keep and eye on The Haps page where I will post new and exciting things as they unfold.

And when you’d like to contact me, please send me a message through the Contact Page. If you give me your e-mail I can add it to the mailing list and send you alerts when great things happen. If you’re a writer and you’d like to chew the fat on techniques or anything, please let me know. I’m always talkin’, a chicken squarkin. And if you’re a reader and you have questions or comments on any part of the novels, please feel free to ask.


  1. Just finished reading The Skin of Water. Wanted you to know that I loved the book. I never deamed when I started the book that it would move me like that. I purchased and read it on my Nook. Looking forward to reading more of your writing.

  2. I really enjoyed The Skin of Water. The love story was beautiful and captivating. As I’ve read many books on Nazi Germany, my son works at the American Embassy in Berlin and has since his discharge from the marines in 2001. With all the vial and cruel acts of The Third Reich, he told me how the violence in Germany now is almost nonexistent compared to America’s inner cities. Sadly, I have to agree.
    I look forward to reading Consumption.

  3. I just finished reading Skin on Water and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was drawn into the book by your writing style and gift of description that flows so beautifully. It never seemed forced or contrived. The depth of the characters and movement of the story made it a pleasure to read. I look forward to reading more from you. Well done!

  4. I just finished Skin of Water and enjoyed the wonderful love story set in Hungary during the occupation. It actually brought tears to my eyes which is rare. Thank you for your beautiful writing style.

  5. This is the first time I comment on a book (due to limited knowledge of english).
    I absolutely loved both your books. Skin of Water and Consumption mesmerized me. I kept on reading, and reading, and reading. The way you write about the relations between people is very realistic.
    I bin many books, because they are just not lively enough written or sometimes writers use such difficult words that one needs a dictionary and the novel becomes unreadable.
    Not the case with these beauties. Next book out, and I will buy instantly.
    Keep on going this way.
    Woman reader (61 :((( )

  6. Amazing book, sensitively written. Well-researched. Ending was great. Might have liked to see the two of them find one another, but found your ending more credible.

    Hope you continue to write. Will certainly true to read Consumption.

  7. Just finished The Skin of Water.
    I sat in silence with my eyes full for several moments, as one does after hearing powerfully moving music.
    Your writing is spare and evocative. The backdrop of the story, an ugly moment in history, offsets an aching love. The lovers are separated in heartbreak many of us recognize: an unbearable pain that fades but is never forgotten. Life moves on, with its struggles and satisfactions and new love: it’s new joy both sharpened and blunted by the contrast to the pain we have known.
    Thank you.

  8. Really loved your book “The Skin of Water”. It swept me away to historical Hungary during the 2nd world war – a place I knew nothing about. I quickly became engrossed in the central characters and the intriguing story and couldn’t put it down. Thank you!
    Look forward to reading more of your books.

  9. I read your first book, skin on water. I started your second book yesterday, and couldn’t put it down. I am three quarters done. Thanks for sharing your excellent writing talent.

    1. Thanks so much for contacting me and I’m so pleased you like the novels. You’ve made my Easter! I hope to have something new out soon, a murder mystery set in France in 1869. Happy reading.

  10. Just finished reading The Skin of Water and I cannot begin to tell you the emotions that it brought out in me. It is the first book in a long time that I could not put down! My Maternal grandfather came to America from Hungary after WWI and your writing made me regret that I was not able to talk to him about this before he died so I could learn of his experience in Buda/Pest. He arrived here as a young man following his older brothers, one of whom was named Zoltan, and they started movie houses in New Jersey. Thank you for writing this book and allowing me to start my retirement by reading it! I am sure it will linger with me for a long time and be a measure by which I judge other books in the future.
    (A retired 8th grade language arts teacher)

    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much for your generous message. I’m so happy the novel touched you so much. Gold for a writer. Migrant stories have always thrilled me – the hope and heartache, desire and interdiction – the romance. I’ve only once been at a juncture where I might have stayed living away from Australia and in the end it frightened me and I came back. But to be forced to leave a country must be so hard. We have a never-ending debate in this country about migration.

      If you would like some references to the books I used to research, I can send a few. One of the many starting points for the novel was helping a Hungarian man write his autobiography. And since I’ve published the novel, a relative of the original family – Weiss Manfred – has published a book on the family.

      And here is a link to an interview with me –


      I have finished a new novel set in France in 1870s – it’s based on a true crime case. I hope to have it released soon.

      Your surname sounds Italian. I lived in Italy for a year – it was such a life-changing year.

      Hope you are well and thanks for your comments which are an inspiration.


  11. Just finished reading ‘The Cast of a Hand’ and very much enjoyed it. One of those reads that one is anxious to get back to, to see how your characters are travelling. Beautiful, accessible writing style. I really felt I knew the main characters , an apparently effortless creation on your part. Looking forward to your next novel.

  12. Just finished reading ‘The Cast of a Hand’ and very much enjoyed this book. One of those reads you feel anxious to get back to, to see how the characters are travelling. A beautiful writing style -I really felt I knew the characters. You make it seem effortless. Thank you.

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