Hi, I’m Jas!
You may know me for my work as an author, freelance journalist, writing coach, and mental health advocate who shines a light on taboo topics, and empowers trauma survivors to turn their past pain into powerful life stories.
Over the past 10 years I’ve been blessed to help many people from around the world to write and publish their stories of triumph over trauma, and have had my work featured across both national and international outlets.
However, I wasn’t always a strong and outspoken person. In fact, as a child growing up with family violence, fear and depression were all I knew for a very long time. Below is a little of my story of creating a meaningful life, after trauma.
Growing up in the quiet serenity of the mid-north NSW coast, I spent a lot of my early life exploring lush bushland, writing, and galloping through the forest on my pony ‘Buddy.’
Inspired by nature and animals, I began writing short stories at the age of 10 (usually about horses, of course) — and it was here, that my passion for writing was ignited.
However, as a child growing up in a home with family violence, I often felt alone, fearful, and uncertain.
But there was one thing I knew for sure… one day, I would help others so that they didn’t have to suffer the same violence alone.
In 2012, at the age of 26, I moved to QLD to pursue my creative passion for writing further, and began working around Brisbane as a photographer and writer.
Soon afterward, I discovered my passion for social justice issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence and child abuse…
I wasn’t interested in ‘fluff’ pieces about diets and fashion. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives… And I knew I had a knack for writing. So, slowly and consistently, I took every opportunity that came my way. Through the process, I found my voice…
Since then, I’ve worked as a magazine editor, freelance journalist, online content wordsmith and ghostwriter, and have been featured across outlets such as ABC News, news.com.au, 9 News, Apia Insurance, Thrive Global, and Non Fiction Authors Association.
I’ve spent time in Thailand with sex trafficking survivors and undercover rescue workers, and in 2016 received national media coverage for co-founding Brisbane’s first permanent Domestic Violence Memorial (which was opened by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk). According to one of my followers, the memorial even made the front page of a paper in Italy!
Today, I am a strong advocate for healing and hope after trauma, and am also the author of the suicide prevention series ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day.’
My life work is about giving a voice to anyone who has ever felt voiceless. And truly, what better gift could I give to the world than this? Thanks for being a part of my journey!
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