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 about moving to Tasmania, Apple Island Wife, was published by the ground-breaking crowdfunding publisher Unbound in 2018. The sequel, Saddleback Wife, is due out in late 2021. After watching too many episodes of River Cottage, Fiona and her husband Oliver began raising Wessex Saddleback pigs on their property and ran a farm and food business. Saddleback Wife is the story of that time, and their descent into the pork-under-belly 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. In 2015, she published A Place in the Stockyard, a history of farming women commissioned by Tasmanian Women in Tasmania.
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 where her work consistently ranks with High Distinction.