January 8, 2017

Sometimes life doesn't go according to plan. Sometimes you get the hard stuff.

The last month of 2016 was a challenging one for our whānau, culminating in a family funeral two days before Christmas. But that's not really where it culminated; in reality the whole of that...

October 16, 2016

Back from the archives of England and cemeteries of France, the ideal might have been some concentrated time to focus on the new novel. Instead I went into a hectic round of festivals and events that has at times felt non-stop.

Two days after arriving in NZ (back to back...

July 13, 2016

The pre-deadline chaos done, the other half of the world called: Independence Day's damp summer weather gave way to Cheshire's damp summer weather while I squeezed in a spot of R&R, but I'm now back at work - in the depths of an archive, surrounded by obscure and fragil...

May 6, 2016

Great to see a new and re-jacketed edition of High Tide on the shelves!

It was my first novel, and remains popular with young readers (11 and up) and as a High School text - it's a distinctly New Zealand story filled with fast-paced adventure and, at a deeper level, an e...

May 2, 2016

Teaching. Why do we do it?

A marketer or mentor might be tempted to say: 'It's not core business' - and they'd be right. But I love it. And surely that's reason enough?

Last month's 'Speed Date an Author' was fast, funny and productive. Dialogue was my topic for the half...

April 4, 2016

Auckland - three weather extremes in an hour, traffic mayhem even on a Sunday, every second retail outlet an eatery. I had a full schedule of meetings on Friday (the National Writers Forum, 17-18 September this year is going to be a cracker!), caught up with old friends...

March 14, 2016

Festivals are fun. There's the standing on a stage in front of an audience of hundreds with the opportunity to talk about your work. There are the sparky, quirky, occasionally hilarious audience questions. There's the acknowledgement that the way you spend your working...

November 30, 2015

I had a day-long meeting in Auckland yesterday (I know: Sunday. It’s a writer’s life…). A lot of my meetings these days are online or conference calls. It’s efficient but lacks the extras: the ‘around-the-edges’ stuff and the chance to step outside your own space. Like...

November 17, 2015

Time might fly when you’re having fun, but it flies faster when you’re mega-busy. Of course, the ideal is when you’re having fun being busy, and the last month has seen plenty of that. NZ Book Week, Bookshop Day and the inaugural HB Arts Festival filled a frantic but fa...

October 12, 2015

Workshops, Book Week, Bookshop Day, the HB Arts Festival and a quick (business) trip to the big smoke: October is shaping up to be a busy month.

The highlight for me will be the workshop I'm teaching at Wardini Books in Havelock North. The focus is on editing and it's a...

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