Photographer: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Photography

Photographer: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Photography

Bio

(The formal bit!)

Charlotte Nash was born in historic Lincoln, England and grew up in the sunny Redland Shire of Brisbane. Obsessed with horses and riding, she began stealing her mother's Jilly Cooper novels at the age of thirteen, and has been enthusiastic for romance ever since. Always a little unconventional, she took a meandering path to writing through careers in engineering and medicine, including stints building rockets and as an industrial accident investigator. Now she writes stories with courageous characters, love and drama set around the world, and moonlights as a creative writing PhD student, studying how narratives engage the brain. She lives in a cosy cottage on the east coast of Australia with her husband and son, and a small flock of lovable chooks.

A little less formal ...

I've had a lifelong struggle with finding a job I felt 'right' in. Along the way, I've been a rocket engineer, medical student, incident investigator, and a teacher. For a brief time, I was a soldier in the Army Reserve. Some of those jobs involved travelling around the country and working on an army base. Some involved catching cane toads and horrible bosses. At times it was fun, at times downright awful and lonely. Somewhere in all that, though, I found this writing business, the first and only occupation I found my heart and soul in. My favourite writers are Jilly Cooper, JR Ward, Nahlini Singh, Colleen Hoover, Liane Moriaty, JoJo Moyes, Neal Stephenson, Naomi Novik, Michael Crichton, Ted Chiang, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

When not writing, I'm an omnivorous movie buff (with special affection for vintage Schwarzenegger and the teen movie genre), and love cruising about on my purple trumpy motorbike. I also go in for weightlifting, running, and sailing a yacht somewhere warm with palm trees. Most of all, I enjoy the art of travelling and have a thirst for new adventures. I've enjoyed learning to crew a racing yacht (and skipper a cruising yacht), driving solo across America, and surviving a ticket scam on an overnight German train (ok, that one not so much with the enjoyment).