attended Catholic schools and then the University of Sydney, Australia.
My first degree was in History and Modern Languages, and I became a
schoolteacher. I agreed to teach Religious Studies, which can be taken
as a University entrance subject in Australia, but I had no real
qualifications and soon found I was out of my depth - attending church
regularly did not prepare me for teaching Religion to high school
students. So I went back to University and gained advanced
qualifications in this area.
then taught Religious Education and wrote textbooks for many years in
Along the way I was surprised to find there was
hardly anything on the subject of women in the Bible. The books that
teachers used were either scholarly and out of the reach of a normal
student, or cloyingly sentimental and sometimes quite inaccurate as
I approached Harper Collins with a book proposal and they
published 'Women in the Bible' in 1997. After my husband died, I
moved out of teaching into full-time writing. I wrote and edited a
variety of Religion textbooks, and was one of the team of three people
who developed the Religious Education Curriculum now used extensively
throughout Australia. But my chief interest was always Biblical Studies.
When 'Women in the Bible' went
out of print and the copyright reverted to me, I put the whole of the
book on the Web as www.womeninthebible.net
website was able to reach far more people than my book ever did, so I
decided to devote myself to writing full-time for the Web. I have
several other websites, including Bible
People, and a Life of
am interviewed on national radio or talk-back programs whenever there is
an argument about something to do with the Bible and women, as there was
when 'The Da Vinci Code' was published some years ago.
have two grown-up children and five rambunctious grandsons.
me know if you have suggestions for the website.
I am always interested