[soapbox] my q&a with one girl org

GT-51-EditToday, I’m over at the One Girl Org website, chin-wagging about why I’m proud to be a Do It In A Dress 2014 ambassador.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Why is girls’ education SO important to you?

I’m the first to admit that I’ve had a wonderful public education. I was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, and I completed high school there. My teachers – well, most of them – were fantastic. They always encouraged me to push myself and be creative. Many of them nurtured my passion for English and drama (even my biology teacher, ha!), which I know has helped me achieve my dream of becoming an author. I want everyone – girl or boy, woman or man – to know that feeling and have the same opportunities.

What’s inspired you to get your dress on this year?

I want to see equality in all areas of life, including education around the world. The more awareness that can be given to shine a spotlight on this very important cause, the better. I was a total nerd at school – a dork, a square, a goodie-two-shoes – and my education has really set me up for a (hopefully) bright future. I don’t want anyone to miss out on that. I want to see so many bright futures out there that the world is lit up with knowledge. One in, all in!

IMG_20140818_183111What will you be getting up to in your dress?

Editing my second novel, FAKING IT! The protagonist Josie Browning is only 18 years old, so I figured the school dress can help me get into character! I was also going to take the dress out for a spin to the movies! To start with, though, I’ve re-created the photo of me on my first day of primary school, many moons ago…


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