I am enjoying the challenge of juggling the author/mum role with varying degrees of success. I have a soft spot for animals of all types, and more hobbies and interests than I can pack into an average 24 hour day. Some of these being horse riding, archery, herbal medicines, organic gardening and especially snuggling down under fluffy clean sheets, armed with hot cocoa and a biscuit or two, ready to become absorbed into one of my favourite books.
My interests span several genres. For example, I enjoy adult fiction such as Stephen King’s The Stand and George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones, but then I’m also a big fan of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. My overall favourite though would have to be Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Even Diana admits the distributors have always had trouble penning those into one particular genre.
So I figured if Neil Gaiman can have books in several genres, why can’t I? There is sure to be a book I have written of interest for most readers out there. And you just might be pleasantly delighted with the irresistible Kiwi flavour (ie. sense of humour) of my stories. Even the scary ones.
I currently have three (or more) projects on the go. Recently I published the second book in my children’s Chameleon Shop series, and have been hard at work on the third and final one. The story revolves around Kaylee Browne, a twelve-year-old girl from little old Feilding, New Zealand, who finds an ancient iron key in a mysterious new bookshop in town. The magical key whirls her away on an adventure to a fantasy land called The Five Realms, where she meets all sorts of strange new characters (including a dragon) – some friendly, some extremely dangerous.
My thriller/suspense Barbed Wire and Daisies (The Lost Land series – Book One) set in 2030 in rural New Zealand, is a he second book in that series, Avenge My Chief, is almost ready for publishing.
A recent review from Goodreads:
Well that was quite a bit of fun. Set in New Zealand in 2030, the story looks at how one small village reacts and protects itself from rampaging hordes when the world’s oil pipeline is turned off.
It could have been so much worse but the treatment given to this scenario by the author worked really well. Surprisingly it wasn’t the usual post-apocalyptic dystopian bleak outlook a la The Walking Dead. Rather it was a celebration of the good people triumphing over adversity. The people were cheerful and resolute and there were moments of humour in the book. Of course it wasn’t all a bed of roses and some victories were hard fought. This was a pleasant change from the usual offerings. 3.5 stars.
There is also a Psychological Thriller novella titled Unwilling to Break that I have recently published on Amazon. It takes place partly in New Zealand and partly in Australia and touches on subjects such as organ harvesting and human-trafficking. Something along the lines of Liam Neeson’s Taken, and involving betrayal in its most cutting form.
No-one can say I ever shy away from a challenge. They’re looking pretty exciting. I’ll keep you posted on progress.
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