Hayley from Qld asked the question: 'what inspired you to write Vault of Verona. Here's the answer! (See the link for the video, it's too large for this site)
I was inspired to write VoV when I was doing essentially the same thing with my Year 10 English class last year. I had a lovely, small class of kids who weren't as engaged in English as they possibly could be. Still gorgeous to teach!
One of my girls (I only had two!) I sat with, and went over and over all of the ideas that she could use to fracture Romeo and Juliet. I guess I was a bit enthusiastic, because after a while she turned to me and said, 'You're really good at this, why don't you write it yourself?'
So I did. The ideas kept coming and that scenario inspired me - not just to write this story, but to show her that women can and do write amazing stories about amazing female characters, despite the times they might be living in.