Gwendolyn Taunton

Gwendolyn Taunton was born in Queensland, Australia and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Gwendolyn has an extensive background in Philosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Information Technology. In 2009 she won the $10,000 Ashton Wylie Award for Literary Excellence for her first book Primordial Traditions. She has previously been employed as a web designer, a computer programmer, and a teacher. Gwendolyn now runs her own businesses in jewellery, publishing, and property investment. In her spare time, she listens to obscure music, watches horror films, ventures out into the wildness with indigenous Australian fauna, and is an amateur herpetologist. Gwendolyn also self identifies as an INTJ in Myers-Briggs typology.

She was in Christchurch for both the 2010 Canterbury Earthquakes and the cycle of aftershocks it produced, which culminated in the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Having experienced constant shaking and rumbling for a year, Gwendolyn decided to return to Australia,  and has been happily residing in Melbourne ever since.

Gwendolyn’s natural habit is a spacious home in rural Australia, filled with books, exotic plants, and bizarre antiquities. She is fiercely individualistic, is not a team player, and does not support any political ideology which enforces conformity of opinion, especially  hyperpartisan nonsense. Gwendolyn can also be incited into a feral rage by the sight of stale Pepe memes.