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Gretchen was born in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane, Australia.  After graduating with honours from secretarial college, she typed and Pitman-shorthanded her way through a long line of wordy jobs at a time when everything was done on paper.  Gretchen says “A real Pitman’s scribe will notice the discrepancy in the red pen in the image above” used for illustration purposes only, but the book is genuine.

After years of immersion in the sectors of insurance, travel, advertising, child-raising, administration, tertiary studies and public library services, she finally surfaced to challenge her love of writing.  She unleashed her own thoughts, turning them into words on an unsuspecting blog.  Naturally the appropriate blog title Thoughts Become Words was too good to pass up.

A supporter of the Indigenous Literacy and Australian Koala foundations, Gretchen joined two writers groups, one real and one virtual, and attends writing courses, workshops, conferences, pitches and author talks.  She secured Third Place in Creative Kids Tales 2016 competition Aliens Animals and Amazing Places with “Dragon Daisies” see below.  Her published work is unremarkable, unless press releases and strongly worded letters to the local newspaper count, and she frequently switches genres for writing competitions in the hope that one day…

Gretchen states that she reads anything and despite receiving too many newsletters from bookshops and publishers, she reads them all.  It takes her mind off peppermint chocolate.

In the dropdown Index Category, Gretchen’s posts reflect her real life, fictional stories and growing compilation of viewpoints.

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

 

CKT Aliens Animals and Amazing Places anthology