Although born in Australia, Fiona Stocker grew up on the coast of Lancashire where she lived with her Northern Irish parents, brother and a series of dogs.
Having completed an arts degree at Warwick University, Fiona Stocker moved to London and discovered bookshops. It was then that she began reading, and eventually writing, in earnest, loving nothing more than leaving Foyles or Waterstones with a brown paper bag containing crisp paperbacks.
She spent her twenties enjoying London life and pretending to have a career, working in advertising, education, theatre and the oil industry (by accident).
In her thirties, Fiona moved hemispheres and returned to Australia. She put down roots, first in Brisbane then in rural Tasmania, where she still lives, with her family - two children and a husband, who is also English. There she began to do what she had always wanted to do - writing.
Her memoir Apple Island Wife, a humorous account of moving to Tasmania, was published by the ground-breaking publisher Unbound in 2018. Its sequel, Saddleback Wife, is due out in 2022 and is the story of the Stockers' descent into the porcine underbelly of gourmet farming.
Fiona Stocker has worked as an editor and ghost writer on books for many clients, and has extensive experience in freelance journalism, content writing, and commercial writing in the corporate sector. Her book A Place in the Stockyard, a history of farming women commissioned by Tasmanian Women in Tasmania, was released by Forty South Publishing in 2015.
Fiona Stocker writes memoir, personal essay and fiction, as well as freelance journalism. She is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Writing and Literature at Deakin University.