Biography

Virginia Peters grew up on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. One of her earliest memories is being taken on the Wellington cable car to a children’s book launch by her mother.

Drawn to a career in publishing, she began working in newspapers and magazines—but found herself on the wrong side of the office in advertising, using her writing skills to target companies with lengthy marketing proposals.

After travelling, marrying an Australian, and having three children in quick succession, she finally decided to pursue creative writing and enrolled in an undergraduate degree at UTS in 2000, majoring in Professional Writing. She then went on to do her Masters, producing a suite of fiction short stories that have appeared individually in Australian literary journals.

More recently she was motivated to switch to nonfiction after the disappearance of a young German woman, in her area. Have You Seen Simone? investigates an unsolved murder, and is the subject of her doctoral studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.