How I write is who I am.

Joan Didion

Image of Lee Carter leaning against wall
Photo © Anna Rachel Photographer

I’m Lee Carter, a writer, editor and author from the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, where the bush and the beaches are never far away. After a fresh-air childhood, I’m blessed to live so close to the natural world.

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved words and all the wonderful things that words can do. As soon as I learned to read, it seems I got the writing bug and I’ve been writing ever since. I began with poetry – it rhymed, of course – and progressed to a silent movie screenplay (long story!) and two novels begun with great enthusiasm in my teens and never finished.

These days I work hard on my craft, because writing is important to me and I want to keep improving. And as any writer will tell you, one of the hardest things to do is to write in a way that sounds authentic – that sounds like you.

But what really gets me up in the morning is my faith in God through Jesus. He is the centre of my life – he drives, shapes and sustains me. And when I read his Spirit-breathed words in the Bible, my love of words and my appreciation of their power only increases.

I hope I never get over the astounding truth that God used words to bring this universe into existence, and that through the Word – his Son Jesus – he brings salvation to sinners everywhere. He really is the God who speaks.

I was married for 23 years to my wonderful husband, Paul. He’s been with the Lord for some years now, but together we had two courageous and creative children. These days I have a lovely daughter-in-law too! Besides being passionate about reading, writing, following Jesus and being a mum, I love to think, make music, walk, do Pilates, enjoy creation and have coffee & conversation with friends.