The Hungry Writer
I live on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland with my husband, daughter and cocker spaniel. I like beach walks, baking, travelling and photographing my beach walks, baking and travels for Instagram. So this doesn’t sound too much like a dating profile, I also juggle a corporate day job with my writing, eat more than I should, move less than I should and don’t get nearly as much sleep as I should.
What am I hungry for? Everything that life has to offer – I’m about possibilities, experience and finding something to love.
I’m always looking for a happy ending, so that’s what I write – happy endings. My novels are inspired by the places I travel to, the food that I eat, the experiences I have and the people I meet along the way. You can read all about that – and whatever else takes my fancy to write about – right here.
My novels will take you from Melbourne to Bali, to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and to Queenstown and the picturesque wilderness of the Milford Track. Along the way, there is plenty to eat, a few laughs and maybe even a few tears.
You can find links to my novels here plus more on writing, reading and publishing. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book or are simply curious about the process, duck on over for a look.
Brookford Kitchen Diaries
If it’s recipes that you’re after, duck on over to Brookford Kitchen Diaries. Why Brookford?
A couple of years I published a book titled Wish You Were Here. The leading lady in that book was a character named Maxine (Max) Henderson. Max lived in a (fictional) village in The Cotswolds called Brookford.
Max worked in a nursery in Brookford – one of those ones that sell gifts as well as plants, with a little local produce on the side. She took what was in season and wrote a monthly newsletter for the shop – what to plant, what to harvest, and what to do with it. It was a kitchen diary of sorts, detailing what she’d been baking or cooking from the ingredients available – seasonal home cooking at it’s absolute best.
Max now lives in Queenstown and is still baking, but through her, I’ve discovered a love for writing about food – so much that my new novel, Happy Ever After, also falls firmly into foodie lit territory. This time though, food and family are closely intertwined.
On Brookford Kitchen Diaries, I blog about food – and only food. It’s my kitchen diary – where I tell you what I’m cooking, what’s inspiring me, what I’m procrastibaking and what I’m testing to use in my next novel. Some weeks there’ll be recipes, and some weeks it will be more of a ramble.
The Sunshine Coast
In 2017 we escaped Sydney and drove over 1000kms north to the piece of paradise that is the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland.
If you want to know what to do, where to go and what to eat when you get there, this blog is for you. You’ll find it here.
Jo Tracey Astrology
In my spare time (guffaws) I’m also an astrologer – but not a crystal ball gazing woo-wooey stargazer. I’m about do-it-yourself astrology – teaching you how to identify your potentials (and challenges) and helping you to make the most of them.
Renovate your life with the stars. If you’re so inclined, you can find all things astro here.