Sandy Paull Writer of crime/adventure fiction novels, combining strong female leads, martial arts, tongue-in-cheek humour with a hint of romance.

Bio: I was born in Mackay on the central Queensland coast. Giving up work to follow my future husband west to the mining communities of central Queensland, I subsequently became a full-time mother to our three children (now all adults), returning to the workforce in my mid-40s to contribute towards our goal of the adventure that is overseas travel. These days we enjoy living on the beautiful Gold Coast in south-east Queensland, Australia.

As a junior I avidly enjoyed gymnastics and playing basketball, eventually coaching my then-teenage daughter's schoolgirl basketball team. I have had a long association with Kyokushin Karate, achieving the status of Qld Women’s Senior Kata Champion at age 39.

Creativity and persistence are two key drivers in my life. Sketching, macramé, sewing dance school costumes, designing and carrying out my own home landscaping, learning keyboard, guitar and fiction writing are examples of my imagination and determination to master new skills.

I started writing 22 years ago, initially for my own enjoyment and these days to challenge myself to impress my peers sufficiently to achieve publication & reader enjoyment. I have been a member of the Mackay Writers group as well as the U3A (University of the Third Age) Writers Group. Recognition as the farthest solo traveller to attend an annual writers’ conference in Melbourne in 2002 was a pleasant surprise. I would like to acknowledge vital initial guidance and encouragement from a founding member of the Mackay Writers Group who is also a published author, journalist and editor - Mr Paul Vander Loos. And the appreciation for my publishing consultant Linda Diggle of www.bookboffin.com, who has assisted me to publish all novels thus far, grows from strength to strength.

Apart from my 7 x published novels thus far ('Survive or Die' launched just prior to Christmas 2018 & 'Twice Dead' was released April 2020), I have made available on Kindle my very first short stories titled 'The Storyteller' & 'Hawk - Lying Low', and will be working on my 3rd later in 2020. First half of 2020 finds me fleshing out the plot for book 8, 3rd in 'On the Edge' series (comprising 'Clouds of Grey' - 2014, & 'One Shot One Kill' - 2017). Add to that another couple of first draft 100,000-word manuscripts I am yet to re-write, polish and edit, and my next few years will be as busy as I want them to be! Living in UK for a year or two for different inspiration is part of our exciting mid-term plans....for now, my husband & I are enjoying the thrill of becoming grandparents and watching our grand-daughters' fascination at the world around her!

Awards: 2000 Kyokushin Karate Qld Womens Open Kata Champion

Favourite Books: Anything by Matthew Reilly; loved Alfred Hitchcock, Alistair McLean & Enid Blyton in my adolescence.