I started writing fiction when I was about seven years old. I found that I so loved inventing characters and situations that I just never stopped.
I've written numerous short stories for adults and children, articles, plays, poems, songs, picture books for children and two 'personal development novels' for the whole family (The Mastery Club and The Hidden Order). Many of these works have been published and/or performed.
One of my other great loves is to encourage and assist others in developing their own writing. I do this through one-on-one coaching , group programs (either privately or through community/learning centres, such as at Monash University), and now you can experience that whole program through the convenience and ease of an e-course – Writing (& life) Mastery.
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I am a mother, writer, speaker and teacher. The Mastery Club was an utter joy to write because it brought together two of my favourite interests: writing fiction and conscious creation.
I also love to encourage others to trust their innate creativity, and have been doing so in my writing classes since the late '80s. Now, in addition to that, I want to encourage all people to trust their hearts and follow their dreams. It's worked magic in my life!
I was born in Melbourne, Australia and have lived here all my life. My parents met in Australia following World War II, Dad coming from Egypt and Mum from Poland. My grandmother wrote an autobiographical account of her flight, with my three year old mother, from the Nazis. It was called Journey Without End and was published in Australia when I was 13 years old. I was an avid reader as a child and have been making up characters and stories since I was about seven years old, so as a young devoted writer, it was inspiring to have someone close to me who was published.
My father spoke to me in French, encouraged my writing, and taught me to be realistic. My mother introduced me to the concepts of creating one's reality, the law of attraction, psychic phenomena, Eastern philosophy and mysticism. Having been fascinated by universal laws and the principles of mastery since I was a teenager, I was delighted to more recently discover the work of Dr John Demartini, which has enlightened and enriched me immensely. I finally truly understood Love and G.O.D. I am honoured that Dr Demartini wrote the Foreword for The Mastery Club.
I had three sisters - 'had' because my youngest sister, Suzanne, died when she was 24. My eldest sister, Yvette Bentata-Moore, is the artist on my two picture books, and my younger sister, Anita Bentata, is a psychotherapist whose daughter Jessica Hall (née Molnar-Bentata) was the cover artist of The Mastery Club. It's been very special to work with family.
My life partner, Derek, is handsome, loving and supportive - and my Tech. Support! We have three children together, Jeremy who is 18, and Emma and Lesley who are 15 and were born at home. When Jeremy was a baby I met a family that was home educating. I will never forget their creative lifestyle and busy lounge room! I was inspired by what I read and saw of the home-based learning adventure, so we chose that path for our children.
I've always loved nature and a simple, whole-foods diet. Recently I came across the work of Don Tolman, which has empowered me to take even more responsibility for my health using simple affordable everyday foods (like sea salt) rather than supplements or drugs.
My other great love is dance. I've been dancing ballroom and latin styles since my early 20s and am quite religious about it! I go dancing every week. I was one of those kids who spent school lunchtimes in the library reading, and brought notes to avoid Sport, so dance is my way of keeping fit - it gives me a regular dose of fun and playfulness as well.
I started teaching Creative Writing classes in 1987 at Orwil Street Community House in Frankston. I loved the experience and have taught in many other venues since then, including six years at Monash University in their Short Courses program. Much as I loved writing myself, as an adult I gradually lost confidence in the likelihood that my childhood dream of publication would ever be realised. By the time I was 39 I had quite given up on myself and was struggling as a wife and mother also. Fortunately, with the help of some counselling and personal development study - and a big dose of determination - I was able to transform my circumstances.
Today I continue to be challenged and alternate between being a master and a victim, but my life is so much richer for having acted on my dreams and trusted my heart. I love to share my story as a speaker and encourage others to create lives they love living.
I believe that when we love what we are doing we are more likely to be energised, productive, patient, co-operative and generous. I have a vision of children and teenagers all around the world forming Mastery Clubs to encourage and support each other in achieving their goals and dreams. The more people who love their lives, the more loving the world we live in.