Before residing in Australia, Vanda’s birthplace and early childhood years were spent in Papua New Guinea. At the age of eleven, a holiday in England sparked an interest in the days of old. Castles, ruins, and discovering Jane Austen novels inspired a life-long interest in all things historical, a passion that later kick-started Vanda’s desire to write historical romance. Vanda has studied and worked in the field of Education, teaching Literacy and Numeracy to children and adults. She’s also worked as a PA, a recruitment consultant and now in home furnishings. Her two children, of whom she’s immensely proud, have flown the coop and are successfully making their own way in the world. Vanda and her husband live on the Gold Coast in Queensland where they enjoy walks along world-renowned beaches or a quiet getaway to the lush hills of the Hinterland.