Also writes as " K.E. Mills
Lord, do you really want to know?
Oh, all right.
I was born in ancouver, Canada, and came to Australia with my mothe when I was 2. I think. Dad ’ s an Aussie, Mum ’ s English, go figure. Talk about Destin and Destiny. But three passports come in handy.
I ’ ve always lived in Melbourne, except when I didn ’ t. After graduating with a BA Communications from the then Institute of Technology ( now University) a few ears ahead of Hugh Jackman, dammit, talk about rotten timing, I headed off to England and lived there for 3 years. It was interesting. I worked for a bunch of nutters in a community health centre and got the sack because I refused to go do EST with them ( you stand in the middle of a circle and thank people for hurling verbal abuse at you for your own good, they said, and then were surprised when I said no), was a customer services officer for DHL London ( would you believe at one time I knew every single airport code for every single airport in the world, off by heart?!?), got roped into an extremely dubious life insurance selling scheme ( I was young and broke, need I say more?) and ended up realizing a life-long lov of working professionally with horses. After 18 grueling months I woke up, and came home.
Since then I ’ ve done customer service in the insurance and telecommunications industries, been a training officer, PR Officer in local government, production assistant in educational publishing, taught English and Business Communication at TAFE, been a supervisor and run my own sf/fantasy/mystery bookshop. Money for jam, there! I also managed to squeeze in a Master ’ s egree in Children ’ s Literature from Macquarie University.
I used to have horses of my own, and spent lots of time and money showing, breeding, training and judging, but then I came off one time too many and so a large part of my life ended.
When I ’ m not writing I ’ m heavily involved in the Castle Hill Players, my local community theatre group, as an actres, director, prompt, stage manager ( but not all at once!) and publicity officer.
I ’ m a story junkie. Books, movies, tv ... you name it. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica ( the new series), Stargate, Firefly, X-Men, Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, The Expert, Forever Knight, Due South, The West Wing, The Shield, Sandbaggers, Homicide, Wiseguy, The Shield, The Closer ... and the list goes on. And that ’ s just the media stuff!
I love music. While writing I listen primarily to film soundtracks, because they ’ ve been written primarily to evoke emotional responses in the listener. This helps access emotion during tough scenes. Plus, the danc is pretty. At least the stuff I listen to is. Favourite film composers include Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, James Watso and John Watson. Vocalists I enjoy are Josh Groban, Russell Watson, Sarah McLachlan, Simon and Garfunkel, Queen, The Moody Blues, Steeleye Span, Meatloaf, Mike Oldfield ... anyone who can carry a tune, basically.
In short, I ’ m an only child with an overactive imagination, 3 dogs, 2 cats and not enough hours in the ay. I don ’ t drink, smoke, or do enough exercise. I make periodic stabs at eating properly. Chocolate is my besetting downfall.
So that ’ s me. You can wake up now ...