About Marie Williams

mariewilliams3Marie Williams, artist and author of Green Vanilla Tea, grew up in South Africa and lived in Canada before moving to Australia with her young family.


Marie practised in the field of Social Work (MSW) for much of her career. She worked in health settings, not for profit sectors, clinical education and private practice. While she was able to draw on her professional background in the writing of Green Vanilla Tea, her memoir is very personal. She initially wrote this story for her teenage sons after the death of her husband in 2007. Some years later, after prodding from family and friends, Marie and the boys agreed to submit their story for publication. It went on to become an award-winning book.


Marie then stepped away from Social Work and swapped clipboards for paintbrushes. These days you’ll find her in paint-spattered overalls in her home-based art studio in Brisbane. She paints under her full name, Gela-Marie. An art page will be added to this webpage soon. In the meantime, feel free to follow her on Instagram to enjoy some of her artwork.


Marie’s memoir, Green Vanilla Tea, won the Finch Memoir Prize 2013. It was published in 2013 (ANZ) and 2014 (North America and Korea).

Photo:  Dean Whitling