Christie lives on the Bass Coast - South Gippsland, Australia
I was born in Yarrawonga, Northern Victoria, grew up in Melbourne, but most of my childhood was spent in Narnia or between the covers of other magical and inspiring books. At age 7, I discovered the power of the written word to transport the reader beyond the humdrum and pain of daily life, into worlds that expanded the mind and offered a vicarious walk inside someone else's shoes. I was hooked.
I also loved to sing. For decades I focused my life around music - songwriting, recording, performing and radio. From 2001 to 2004, I hosted live interviews with musicians and artists through radio shows Sweetheart and Matters of the Heart, on Mountain District Radio, 3MDR-97.1 fm. Between 1992 and 2012, I recorded the albums, Nightingale, From The Heart and Leave The Wake Behind and performed solo and in bands.
Since writing and publishing my first novel Leave The Wake Behind, my creative goal has been to write stories that facilitate empathy and healing, and give voice to the voiceless or seldom heard. My subjects and characters draw from personal experience (the good, bad and ugly) and from the people I have met. Also from the knowledge I have acquired as a support worker, counsellor, social worker and spiritual warrior. My characters display the diversity, flaws and inner strengths of real people and, as in real life, their choices are byproducts of their personal experience and conditioning. It is my ultimate goal to combine great entertainment with insight and a hefty pinch of magic.
In 2007, I became a professional counsellor, majoring in abuse and trauma counselling. I have worked in the fields of family violence, the commercial sex industry and human trafficking, and have completed a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) at RMIT University.
I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Melbourne Writers Social Group and the World Writers Collective - a platform connecting independent writers across the globe, see www.worldwriterscollective.com