Books for kids, books for libraries and books for you.

This week a fellow author and I had the privilege of visiting a school in Tamaki where we did a presentation to six classes in two groups. Between us we read poems about monsters and dinosaurs, books about giants and mystery trips and cartoon books about a Little Person. With several different nationalities in each class we wondered if our …

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NZ Book Month

Yesterday was a great day for me. Not only was it the Mairangi Writers’ NZ Book Month event where Graeme Lay, Rae Roadley and Roger Hall spoke to a group of about fifty, it was also all about genealogy and social history. My favourite topics and proved to me there is a demand for this genre. One author turned his …

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Summer holidays

This morning I read an interesting article on Reading is Bliss about taking a reading holiday. These reading holidays can be a short rest to let your brain absorb a great story or a long break to give yourself more time to do other things, like work, parenting and even writing. Personally, I can’t understand this philosophy. I read all the time. …

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The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray

I had this year planned but it hasn’t got off to the auspicious start I’d hoped for – hence the title to this blog (with apologies to Robbie Burns and John Steinbeck). I’ve hardly written a coherent sentence, let alone a paragraph and nowhere near the thousand words a day I aimed for. I blame summer – amongst other things – …

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Promoting New Zealand Book Month

With New Zealand Book Month coming up next month, I’m dedicating my time to promoting it as much as I can. The theme is Books Change Lives. In searching for interesting snippets of information I came across this article in the Reading is Bliss blog that reinforces the theme by asking ‘Does Reading make you Smarter?’ Karen, in turn, is referring …

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