Introduction: it was a pleasure, an honour and something of a challenge to be interviewed by the dynamic, respected and prolific Scottish blogger, Fiona McVie. Fiona's blog, which is called authorsinterviews, is well known across the literary community and especially among readers and writers – hardly surprising since she has interviewed thousands of authors over the last four years – no doubt with many more to come.
Fiona: Let's get you introduced. Your name is Joanne Verikios and you're 61. Tell us a little about your self, i.e. where are you from, your education, family life etc.
I grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland, the eldest of three children and the only one who was besotted with horses. We were blessed with amazing parents and my childhood was very happy. I graduated from the University of Queensland with an Honours Degree in Russian. Despite that, I joined the Australian Public Service and spent more than three very full and fulfilling decades in a range of interesting Departments before resigning in 2010. After a bit of a rest and regroup, I reinvented myself as a businesswoman and author. Highlights included getting my first pony, working in Antarctica, representing Australia in the sport of powerlifting and breeding a champion Warmblood stallion.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
From a very early age I have been able to tune in to what horses and ponies were thinking and what they were likely to do next.