R L Smith

I am a writer of short stories and poetry and am currently working on my first mystery novel.

My first love was poetry but I turned to writing fiction in early 2016.  I received a huge injection of enthusiasm when I won a prize in the first short story competition I ever entered – the the Financial Crime Prize for the 2017 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, and subsequently set out to write my first novel. The excitement is building on that score because I’ve completed the manuscript. While I investigate opportunities for publishing Urge, I have also started working on my next book in the series which will have an environmental theme.

In creative writing, I discovered a penchant for writing mystery tales with twisty tails, a chance to unshackle my mind from my day to day professional life, and a legitimate way for a grown up to have imaginary friends.

You can read samples of my fiction and poetry on this website and follow my blog via the link at the bottom of this page.

I grew up in Melbourne’s east and have lived in East Gippsland, London, Portugal, Murchison on the Goulburn River and Elsternwick before settling in Warrandyte.

Main image: my writing view, Warrandyte