My other name is Caroline James. I am a writer who left Australia’s sunshine state, three days after submitting my final uni assignment clutching a one-way ticket to London.
The exodus began an affair with 35 countries in a decade, and a professional adventure focused on newspapers and magazines.
This started with a cadetship at Leader Newspapers in Melbourne, Victoria.
Three years’ reporting for Travel Week Australia followed. I then returned to London as a reporter and sub-editor for various suburban newspapers.
But a “dream job” descended as aviation/business reporter for Travel Weekly.
And so began a roam of the globe reporting airline route launches, strikes and take-overs.
I interviewed some of the world’s chief airline bosses.
Grilling Sir Richard Branson about Virgin Atlantic’s services to Cuba, in the back seat of a limo in the Bahamas still stands out as a career highlight …
But all good parties, er, interviews must come to an end.
Returning to Australia, I was offered the deliciously challenging role of chief sub-editor of Sun Community Newspapers on the Gold Coast. It led to a role with The Gold Coast Bulletin as its Tweed bureau chief.
Still seeking adventure, I returned to Melbourne. I joined the Sunday Herald Sun team as a sub-editor and soon become its property editor. It unleashed a voracious appetite for all things made of bricks and mortar.
Who would have thought?
In 2010 I established myself as a freelance writer.
Today I contribute to leading publications including Domain, Fairfax Media’s My Small Business online and print section, Australian Property Investor magazine, News Limited’s real estate and Body+Soul sections, and various women’s magazines.
Contact Caroline if you need an editorial contributor, ghost writer, editor, proofreader or collaborator.