I am a great, great, grandchild of some of South Australia's first white settlers, and am fascinated by the history of our State.
I grew up on my family's isolated farm in the South East of SA, where I had correspondence lessons and was often absorbed in solitary play. Books became my dearest friends. I attended a small country high school, then completed my education at Adelaide's then Methodist Ladies College. A few years later I moved to Fleurieu Peninsula where I married Harold Skinner, and together we raised our four children on another farm near Victor Harbour.
When the family moved to Adelaide I returned to study, became a librarian and later went on to post graduate study at Adelaide University. The original manuscript for The Protector was submitted for my Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2003.
Now at age 85, I have revised the original manuscript and published The Protector as an ebook.
My other novel, Children of the Earth, was published in 2007 and is also available as an ebook. It was another ‘labour of love’ for me. It is also set in colonial South Australia and was the culmination of my Phd in Creative Writing.
As a child I read by lamp light as we had no electricity. Little did I know then that I would go on to write two novels about colonial South Australia and publish them electronically.