I am a newly published author and my novel The Magdalen Conspiracy, a religious mystery/thriller in the style of Daniel Silva, Kate Mosse, Dan Brown and Steve Berry, is available on Amazon Kindle. Readers have commented that my writing is compelling, descriptive and evocative and they become involved with the characters. What more could a writer ask for?
I have always loved reading, and as a child it was my escape from a difficult childhood. I would make up fantasy stories and escape to this special place. Luckily I excelled in writing, speech, history and drama at school.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, I spent part of my childhood living in Fiji and learned the reality of racism, which does not sit well with me. I am unable to restrain myself from becoming emotionally involved in humanitarian issues, as well as with my clients, readers and it comes through in my stories.
After marrying, I spent many years living in Australia and also in the United States, which I thoroughly enjoyed. During these times, family and friends told me that my letters were so descriptive, they felt they were there with me.
Motherhood kept me occupied for 10 years, then I developed a successful weight loss concept based on my own experience. This struck a note with many other women and I found I had a runaway success on my hands, which kept me occupied during my 40's. I love cooking and designed interesting menus for the families. Being a Piscean, I was in my element helping other people
When I finally had time to myself, I tentatively started writing stories and attended a writing course at Auckland University, where the course leader, who was an editor at Penguin books, told me I was a storyteller and I should try my hand at earning a living through writing. So I set to and have been encouraged by enthusiastic readers who tell me they kept turning the pages because they wanted to know what came next and that my books make them laugh, cry, get angry with the villains and cheer on the heroines/heroes.
During my 10 years as an IT Project Manager for a large corporation, a colleague persuaded me to let his wife read the manuscript of a second novel I had penned. She was an English teacher at the University. Her response was positive, stating that although it was not her genre, the writing style was excellent, being descriptive, passionate and inclusive; and to stay with it.
Now retired from the fray, I currently live in my hometown in Auckland, New Zealand, where my two sons also reside, but love to travel to other countries and have been to Europe many times, as my partner Harald, is from Germany. This has given me the opportunity to fall in love with historical landscapes and their cultures, and also indulge in three of my passions, good food, wine and great conversation.
I have gleaned many ideas and settings for my stories by travelling to well known cities in Europe, and also through the small villages, each with their own special story, which have enabled me to create believable and sympathetic characters.
For the past two years I have been involved with Mercy hospice in my home town and taught English to Muslim immigrants from Iraq. Both of these experiences were so enlightening, giving me an insight into the spirit and courage these people, whom I admire tremendously and respect, portray in their everyday lives.
Like many successful authors, I have had my share of rejections from the world of traditional publishing, but was encouraged by similar struggles of best selling authors. After reading an excerpt from one of my novels, two of these generous writers encouraged me to continue.
I have never given up on achieving my goal and thanks to Endeavour Press in the UK, is now available on Kindle and my dream has now become a reality.