Fiona Palmer

Fiona was raised in Pingaring, a tiny rural town in Western Australia, three and a half hours south-east of Perth. Her Dad and Mum are contractors in town who cart grain, spread fertiliser and spray for the farmers.

 

The majority of her childhood weekends were spent on her Uncle and Aunty’s farm ‘Gumlea’.

She attended the Pingaring Primary School which closed its doors a few years later because of small numbers. Fiona then went off to Narrogin High School where she boarded at the Narrogin Residential College. She left school after year eleven, itching to start work and begin her life.

Fiona was a third generation speedway driver, racing cars from the age of 16 right up until she was pregnant with her first child.

After doing odd jobs, rouseabouting, tractor driving and working on the CBH bins, where she met her husband-to-be, Fiona went to Alexander College for a secretarial course. (Fiona: "Luckily they taught me how to type really fast, which comes in handy when typing up long stories" ).

Fiona got a job at the Shire of Lake Grace as a secretary for three years and then changed to a Teachers Assistant before getting married and having two kids.

It was while running the local shop in Pingaring in 2006, in a partnership with her Mum, that she began writing down a story that was roaming around in her head. Lo and behold, this was the start of Fiona's writing career. She writes her own brand of stories from the country to the coast. The Family Farm was Fiona's first book.

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