Rhonda Forrest is an Australian teacher and the author of four novels: Kick the Dust (2019), Two Heartbeats (2018) and under the pen name Lea Davey, Silkworm Secrets (2017) and The Shack by the Bay (2016). She writes captivating contemporary women’s fiction and historical fiction novels about relationships, family life, and social issues, set amidst beautiful and uniquely Australian landscapes.
After bringing up three daughters and traversing several different careers, Rhonda went on to teach creative writing, English, and History to high school students. In 2015 she taught English as a second language to newly arrived refugees to Australia. Her passion for literacy, history and traveling around Australia fuels her novels.
Rhonda currently lives with her husband between two Queensland homes: one on Tamborine Mountain, the other a century-old cottage with a rambling garden, overlooking the waters of the Whitsundays.