My story and my books
I love good stories. I write my own and also love teaching others about writing memoir and life reflection. It’s about the joy of grabbing what’s inside you and putting it in words that sing, roar or whisper – whatever gets you going.
The author of nine books ranging from three novels and three self-help titles to a guide to surviving the rollercoaster ride of middle age, I’m a former editor who founded and ran inspiring magazines for women about real issues and fascinating people.
Having spent years working in print, radio and on TV, I love nothing more than gathering around a table – actual or virtual – for story-telling and writing about people’s real lives, perplexities, dramas and triumphs.
The pic shows all heads down at one of my workshops. It looks serious, but between each writing sprint there’s always much laughter and authentic conversation.
My latest book is Scarlet & Magenta, a historical novel about sex, scandal and a ‘scarlet woman’. Scoring some weeks on the NZ fiction bestseller list and shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards, it’s a ripping story based on a tragic event revealed in precious old family letters.
The next one is on the way…