Di was born in Adelaide in South Australia. She attended several schools in the southern suburbs, and while an enthusiastic learner, was a keen Girl Guide, meeting with Lady Baden Powell on her only visit to Adelaide, and later earned the Queen’s Guide Award.
A teaching career is what Di wanted when at school – but instead, she embarked on a nursing career in her late teens and trained as a registered nurse (hospital-based training) in Mt Gambier, South Australia.
After her marriage, the family moved around Australia, so she has worked in hospitals in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. As well she was a medical representative, shopping centre marketing manager, art gallery owner and more – often holding two or more positions at a time.
Di completed a degree in Adult and Vocational Teaching at Griffith University in 2002, working in the training industry. At last, she was a teacher! In 2008, Di embarked on a career teaching English to students at universities in China and South Korea.
In 2012 she graduated from Swinburne University with a Master of Arts (Writing), and then set out on a solo drive around Australia taking five months to complete the journey, taking thousands of photographs, and visiting many interesting historical destinations in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
She founded the Writers of Wynnum Manly, is a member of the Queensland Writers Centre and is past-president of the Society of Women Writers Qld. (2017/18, 2018/19)
Di has many interests including photography, bamboo, travelling, housing for senior solo women, and more. As president of SoSeW Co-housing, she is working on a cohousing project for senior, solo women – a cohort in much need of affordable housing in Australia.
Di is a Senior Writer for WeekendNotes.com, and writes content for a number of websites, as well as creating websites using WordPress.