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About Nerissa

Writing has always featured strongly in my life and my career.

After finishing high-school, I attended the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (majors in Journalism, Communication Studies and Australian Literature).

Prior to having my two children, I worked in marketing and event management roles within the health and tertiary education sector, where I was always writing something — articles, web copy, press releases, newsletters, annual reports, or patient publications.

After taking a few years off to raise my young children, I tentatively stuck my toes in the freelance writer pond. I now work as a professional health and medical writer, at The Melbourne Health Writer, a business I founded in 2013.

While my health and medical writing currently pays the bills, my ultimate goal is to write novels for a living.

In 2017, I attended Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass, and in October 2019, I attended NatCon – a national conference for Fiona’s Masterclass graduates. I have recently returned from NatCon 2023 – the 10th Anniversary of Masterclass Conference where I pitched my first completed manuscript.

It’s still looking for a home, so if you’re a publisher and would like to offer it one, please let me know!

I currently live in Melbourne with two adult children, one husband and one rescue dog named Skittles.

I’m most happy when I’m at the beach, reading a great book, exploring second-hand book shops, or drinking good coffee with friends.

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