Christine Darcas was born and raised in the US and now calls Australia home. She is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction pieces that have been published in Australia, the US and elsewhere overseas. In fiction, her two novels, SPINNING OUT and DANCING BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, have been published by Hachette Australia and are now available worldwide as ebooks. Her short stories have appeared in a range of literary magazines, including the US-based Vermont Literary Review, THEMA, Potpourri and Spark: A Creative Anthology. In memoir, her writing has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Age, the Earthscan anthology ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE and the Mostly for Mothers anthology THE SOUND OF SILENCE: Journeys through miscarriage which won the ACT Publishing and Writing Award for Nonfiction in 2012. Christine’s articles have been published in a variety of Australian publications including The Age, Reader’s Digest, Melbourne’s Child, Sydney’s Child, Business Franchise Magazine, DANCEtrain Magazine, WARCRY and websites such as the popular mamamia.com.au.
Christine’s educational and professional background include a BA in Political Science and African Studies from Wesleyan University (US), famine relief work in Chad with the Agency for International Development, an MBA from Cornell University (US), and several years working in product management with Lever Brothers Company (formerly a division of Unilever) in New York City. She has raised her two children through her husband’s career moves from the US to Hong Kong, France and finally Melbourne, Australia, where she now lives. In 2009, she completed her diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In Melbourne, she works as the Grants and Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Learning for Life Autism Centre and is a long-time freelancer for the marketing communications company Publicity Works. A former Dancesport competitor who ranked among the top 10 couples in Australia’s Latin American Masters 1 Division in 2007, Christine is a great appreciator of Ballroom and Latin dancing.