Vicky Adin is a New Zealand historical fiction author. She lives on the North Shore of Auckland within walking distance of the beach, the coffee shops and inspiration.
Three words sum up her passion in life: family, history and language.
After decades of genealogical research and a life-long love affair with words (she actually enjoyed writing essays at school) she has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together, based on real people, with real experiences, in a way that makes the past come alive.
Vicky is particularly fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life. Especially the women, who needed strength of mind and body to survive, let alone flourish, in a new country still coming to terms with its existence. Being a genealogist in love with history, these men and women and their descendants drive her stories.
She confesses to a vibrant and varied career that enriched her life and now provides a lot of inspiration. From being a stay-at-home mum, executive assistant, retailer, seamstress, embroiderer and tutor, local body politician, amateur thespian, professional conference organiser, university graduate to full-time author, she wonders what the next twenty years will bring.
Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. When not writing you will find her reading – she is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women’s stories; travelling – especially caravanning, and cruising with her life long partner and biggest fan; spending time with her children and grandchildren, or gardening.
Under The PastFinders Logo, Vicky writes stories about people, the past and their passions.
The Girl from County Clare is the latest release. Set entirely in the past, the story follows Brigid, a talented 18-year-old lacemaker who flees poverty and starvation in Ireland and goes to Australia in search of a better life. But life is not always kind, until Brigid finds support from an unusual source. She moves to New Zealand and life improves – until the man who was once her champion, but who now seeks to destroy her, finds her.
The Disenchanted Soldier (retitled from Daniel) follows the life of a New Zealand soldier, pioneer, patriarch and pacifist during New Zealand’s turbulent past.
The Cornish Knot is the engaging story of Megan, a widow who mysteriously receives her great-grandmother’s journal written a hundred years earlier. She embarks on a journey to trace her family tree, uncovering secrets and finds herself immersed in the world of art. Set in Cornwall, Florence and New Zealand.
The Art of Secrets, a soul-searching novel concerning two women: Emma Wade, a young journalist and Charlotte Day, an ageing and reclusive author. Both have suffered hardships and trust no one. They both hide behind a façade. They both need healing. Will they find it by sharing their pain?
Out of Vicky’s passion for her family and gorgeous grandsons, she wrote her first children’s book:
Kazam! Is a children’s illustrated adventure story set in New Zealand and based on real events. It was written for her grandsons, who wanted pictures as well as words.