Robyn Flemming is an author and freelance copyeditor based in Australia. She lived in Hong Kong from 1986 to 1993. With Polly Yu, she was a founding member of HKWiPS and the Society’s first president. She has freelanced for over 35 years and has clients in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

For the past six years, Robyn has been writing a memoir about her roller-coaster life, including her years in Hong Kong and the first half of the decade she roamed the world as an “editor without borders” / digital nomad (2010–2020).

Skinful: A Memoir of Addiction will be published in Australia and New Zealand in January 2022 by Brio Books. (Pre-orders are available @

Skinful is structured around four turning points. Each of these was an opportunity to ask: Who am I? What life do I want to live? We all emerge into adulthood bent out of shape to a lesser or greater degree by our experiences as children. The rest of our life’s story is the result of our own doing, as Professor Joseph Campbell has said. We can change course at any time. Whatever has us in its grip, it’s never too late to make a new path to a different future. Each one of us can take a hero’s journey.

Now that all the hard work of writing her book – and editing it down from a 130,000-word beast to a tightly paced 80,000 words – is done, Robyn is enjoying this next stage of the publishing process: promotion and publicity in the lead-up to launch.
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