I’m a New Zealand writer who enjoys creating true-to-life Kiwi characters and communities in my contemporary New Zealand stories, capturing the unique way of life of small-town rural Mainlanders. I’ve lived around the South Island (and Stewart Island!) with family originally hailing from the West Coast. Each of my books weaves in the southern places that have a special place in my heart, and the outdoor way of life that is such a special part of New Zealand life.
My “Across the Strait” series is set around a family where all is not as it seems, moving through Central Otago and Stewart Island. My “Maniototo Skies” series is set around the plains of the Maniototo, dealing with the far reaching consequences of a moment of anger, and the nature of forgiveness – or not! My stories have a strong flavour of New Zealand – including the wildlife, the scenery, the music and art.
Yep, my books are romances – they have a hero and heroine, and a happily ever after. But a fair bit happens along the way to appeal to those readers who tell me they “never ever read romance” (yeah, I believe you!) as well as those of us that do (and there’s a few of us, looking at the stats!)
My latest book “A Southern Shelter” (Book 2, Across the Strait) is set around Central Otago and Stewart Island, with strong themes of family and everything that word can mean. I’ve already started work on “A Southern Strait” (Book 3, Across the Strait). Next on my list is “A Link of Gold” – the book that will start my “On the Coast” series, taking inspiration from my West Coast heritage.
When I’m not writing I’m enjoying the outdoors with my retriever dog Crockett. And no, he’s not spoilt – I’m just very well trained!