Celebrating Kiwi Indie-authors – ten new titles

MairangiWritersMar2014Recently, it was my privilege among a group of proud Kiwi indie-authors who gave an indie-author talk celebrating the launch of their 2014 books at the Takapuna Library. Our thanks to Helen Woodhouse, Manager of the library, and the Friends of the Library who hosted the event for Mairangi Writers.

The speakers included Evan G Andrew who writes historical fiction. With several books to his name, his stories could be set in 17th century Turkey or Regency England, but his latest book ‘Beware of the Dragon is set during the Boxer Rebellion at the end of the 19th century. Evan gave an amazing talk about the research he does to make his stories so authentic. They are real page turners.

Following him was first time novelist Erin McKechnie. Her novel Cissy is based on serious real-life domestic abuse issues Erin encountered as a counsellor. I have been fortunate enough to watch Erin mature and develop as a writer. She has an easy-going writing style that moves a difficult story along while seamlessly slipping in the essence of New Zealand with descriptions of the land, the sea, and the sky. Congratulations to Erin on the release of ‘Cissy’ – one I highly recommend.

Next up came our talented Bev Robitai who is a cross-genre writer with several titles in her repertoire. From cozy theatre mysteries to her recently released sequel to SunstrikeinSunstrike, the Journey Home, (as part her post-apocalyptic series), she has also just released her non-fiction Reassuring Guide to Self-publishing. Bev is a power-house of knowledge and her guide is something we all need, even if we are not beginners, to remind us of what we might have missed.

Apart from the speakers, the group has several other titles either recently released or about to be released.

UnknownHusssh! is Maureen Green’s latest in her thriller chiller genre. Maureen writes across several genres including several children’s and young adults books. At our meetings, we never know what we are going to get next to listen to and critique. Her thriller-chiller adult books make for some interesting sessions.


Jean Louise Allen writes stories of families living on the Northern Wairoa river from the turn of the century. She has released her anthology of Bitty By the River short stories as individual Kindle Short Reads on Amazon. And do look out for her excellent soon-be-released ‘River at War’ novel, a follow up to her River River Raupo Rye.

Also coming soon, in time for Christmas, we have Barbara Algie’s amusing Golfaholics collection of poems and stories.

Along with my two titles released in 2014, The Cornish Knot and ‘The Art of Secrets an amazing total of ten titles in one year has been released by the indie-author members of Mairangi Writers.

Congratulations everyone – indeed a magnificent effort. Good luck with your sales.

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