HI THERE! I'M ROXANNE. I read & write books.

I have always had a passion for the written word.

I ‘published’ my first book when I was in my final year of primary school. It was aptly called School Journal Part 4 Number 2 and had a strong ocean theme, with short stories, articles and poetry about sea life. It featured a cardboard cover that held stapled paper pages and this was the first and only time I have ever accompanied my words with illustrations (and for good reason…). An avid bookworm beforehand, this project earned me an A++ and provided the initial spark for a future career in journalism.

Roxanne McCarty OKane Writer Sunshine Coast Ghostwriting

My first contact with newspapers was as a ‘paper girl,’ jumping on my bike with a totally stylish yellow PVC satchel slung over my shoulder delivering copies of The Evening Post to subscribers in the small town of Wainuiomata in New Zealand. Rain, hail, or shine, they always received their papers and being in the land of the long white cloud, it often meant arriving home from deliveries soaked-through.

Fast forward to today and I am a qualified journalist who has written for a number of newspapers, magazines and e-zines and am what you would call a jack of all trades. I have had to decipher incredible tech-speak, political jargon and complex government documents to draw out the things that really matter to people and have covered everything from everyday news happenings to court proceedings, business stories, profile and entertainment, features that cover hard-hitting topics that can impact the wider community and had the privilege to chat with a number of high profile Australian and international celebrities.

I have enjoyed 13 years of meeting amazing people, uncovering their messages and showcasing them to the world through the written word and I am utterly hooked.

Attending a conference and seeing that every guest speaker had a book to spruik, it made me realise there must be so many others out there who have the desire to have their photo on the cover of their own book. Their passion to showcase their expertise by sharing their knowledge with others is palpable, but often the perceived challenges prevent them from taking the first steps, or they have failed to follow their attempts through to completion.

And so began my journey as a ghostwriter. I now am able to indulge my passion for meeting new people, uncovering what their ‘why’ is and determine the strength of the message they can share with the wide world (even if they haven’t yet figured that out for themselves yet).

Roxanne McCarty OKane Writer Sunshine Coast Ghostwriting

I have been labelled as a chronic over-writer by many of my editors and it is a moniker that I own with pride. Why? Because it means I treat every interview as an opportunity to learn everything I can about the person I am speaking to – no matter how many words have been allocated to the story for publication.

The beauty of ghostwriting books is that I am no longer confined to column space! There is potential for 30,000, 50,000 or even 70,000 words to be dedicated to each person’s story.

This is my true calling, and I am loving every minute of it.

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