Residing on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where fishing and growing tomatoes are now the big thing, Phyl is a retired nursing sister. As a writer, however, she was won first prizes for poetry in competitions in Katoomba, Bendigo and Eaglehawk; has written for nursing journals and hospital centenary books; and has had short stories published in anthologies and in the Australian Womens Weekly. Phyl's greatest kick was winning a double at the 2002 Scarlet Stiletto awards. 'What We Do Best' took out the Dorothy Porter award for the Best Crime in Verse and the Pulp Fiction award for Funniest Crime. Phyl is now working on a mystery novel for young adults.