Burke trained as a nurse, and worked for several years in London and Sydney.
In 1999, while recovering from glandular fever, she did a creative writing course. Another writing course followed, and Burke applied to the Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Program. She began a mentorship with Gary Crew.
Pig Boy2011single work novel young adult crime 'On Damon Styles's eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it's what happens afterwards that changes everything.
'Now Damon must come up with a plan. It's the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job - pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he'd better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won't find what he's hiding.
'Damon's taking matters into his own hands - but so is the town of Strathven.' (From the publisher's website.)
'How many letters does it take to spell out the truth?
'Evie has a gift - a gift she's not always comfortable with. But when Alex suggests they conduct a séance, Evie reluctantly agrees. The letters on the board start spelling out one name - C-A-Z - over and over, and Evie knows she's been contacted again. A cryptic message with nine letters leads Evie to a family where two sisters, one living, one dead, share a dark secret that must be revealed.
'But is Evie strong enough to solve the mystery and reveal the truth in time to release both girls?' (Publication summary)
'A powerful story of love and loss, secrets and revelations - and making sense of a past that once seemed perfect.
'For Tom Brennan, life is about rugby, mates and family - until a night of celebration changes his life forever. Tom's world explodes as his brother Daniel is sent to jail and the Brennans are forced to leave the small town Tom's lived in his whole life. Tom is a survivor, but he needs a ticket out of the past just as much as Daniel. He will find it in many forms . . .' (Publication summary)