In a rambling house in a small Australian beach town, Elena Jameson is recovering from her recent divorce. To her delight, she is given the opportunity to foster a little boy, Daniel, whose mother is dead and whose violent father is in rehab. As Elena and Daniel explore the beautiful bay and wild bushland, they form a profound bond that will change their lives forever.


I am the author of the memoir Culua: My Other Life in Mexico (2003), and the thriller The Bay of Shadows (2016), and have a background in journalism and linguistics. I'm fascinated by storytelling and all things language, especially Spanish and Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN), and have more than 10 years' experience in broadcast television and Deaf advocacy. I am also a supporter of the charity, the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation, and their life-changing literacy programs. Click here to read more...

About me...

Raised on the enticing glimpses of a dark and magical land conjured up by her Mexican mother's bedtime stories, what begins as a visit to her enigmatic grandmother becomes a quest to find out what it means to be Mexican. As Samantha learns to embrace Mexico verdadero - the real Mexico - she discovers a people who give a new meaning to larger than life, and the invincible bonds between family, food, and the spirit world.




People who have difficulty reading and writing suffer from shame, poor self-esteem and negative life experiences. They also lack access to many opportunities that most of us take for granted. ALNF exists to help these people by raising literacy levels in Australia’s most marginalised communities. Through six core programs and a number of one-off community projects, ALNF provides funding, training, support and resources to individuals, families and schools. Learn more...



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