Born in Sydney and now living in Perth, Monique Mulligan has loved words from the moment she could use them. She’s told she used her words a lot as a child, earning the title of family chatterbox (and arguably still holding that crown). Once she could read, she devoured books with gusto – today, that enthusiasm is mirrored in her love of good food.
A former newspaper editor, journalist, children’s curriculum writer and magazine editor, Monique has had a varied career in writing. (Not to mention being a Family Day Care mother, a playgroup facilitator, a reception temp, administrative assistant, government administrative officer, marketing and media coordinator … all of which adds up to rich life experiences). In 2011, she set up a freelancing business from home, and created Write Note Reviews, a blog that celebrated her love of reading. In 2012, through her part-time work at Koorliny Arts Centre, she founded the successful Stories on Stage program, which features authors talking or being interviewed in a theatre setting.
Monique has now shifted focus away from reviewing and into writing. Her short romance story, The Point of Love, appears in the Rocky Romance anthology (Serenity Press, 2015); a second, Fortunate Accident, appears in the A Bouquet of Love anthology (Serenity Press, 2017).
She currently has one children’s picture book published – My Silly Mum (Serenity Press, 2016) – and Fergus the Farting Dragon is due later in 2017. A third picture book is in the works. She is working on a full-length contemporary novel, as well as a number of other projects.
A mother of two grown sons and step-mother to two teenagers, Monique is also a keen amateur photographer who loves taking close up shots of flowers, and a passionate but messy cook, who believes the best ingredient in food is love. Her husband agrees.