Bernadette first came to Varuna in 2001 for a development forum with Charlotte Wood. She was then fortunate to have Charlotte as a mentor and the completed novel was selected for the editorial program with Judith Lukin-Amunsden in 2002. (Doubly blessed.) Her experiences at Varuna were significant in her understanding of the writing process and in seeing herself as a writer. This novel is now being sent to publishers. She has recently started writing full–time, and is working on her next novel.