Telephone interview yesterday: cellphone rings, puppy cuts paw, skips around family room (cell still ringing) spreading blood all over floor convinced I’m chasing her for fun, (cell stops rings, landline starts). Tackle dog, wrestle to floor, staunch blood with kitchen towel. Reach for phone and…it stops ringing. Reschedule interview. Bandage paw. Dog chews bandage off [...]
Herzkurven has just been released as a paperback by my German publisher, Droemer. I love the new cover.
It’s surprising how much secondary characters can grab people’s attention. April’s biological family, the trashy, bogun Gutsell family and their gas-guzzling cars are a hit and I’ve been getting messages asking if I have stories planned for Latoya, Lateesha and the rest of the crew. Sorry, I don’t. But they might just turn up in [...]
I was interviewed by Vera Bucsu on Senses, the radio show this week about my books and the music I listen to while I’m writing. To hear the full interview: http://www.sensestheradioshow.co.nz/player/
In only the second week. Thank you to everybody who has bought it!
Hand Me Down will be in New Zealand bookstores on November 4th, a little later in Australia. We are having our usual party on the night at Wrights Bookstore in Cambridge. If you’re in the area, you’re most welcome. Drinks, nibbles and a few laughs. Husbands/boyfriends are welcome. Tell them not to panic – there [...]
A friend stayed last weekend and complained that she couldn’t move her feet in our spare bed. She gave up trying when she realised I’d made the bed and she was up against HOSPITAL CORNERS. The CORRECT way to make a bed is one of the first practical skills a student nurse learns. Patient comfort [...]
Hand Me Down is due for release in New Zealand and Australia at the end of 2011. It’s set in a cherry orchard in the South Island of New Zealand which is spectacular and incredibly beautiful part of the country. April is a bad girl. Tarn was a major in the infantry and has recently [...]
In a pet shop in Browns Bay, Auckland named Snowy that I put in my first book, Bonkers. Or at least, I think he’s a Cockatiel? I have to thank my friend, Sharon, for providing the photo. Snowy has lived at the pet shop for years and asks everybody to, “Givvusss a scratccch.” (Imagine drawn-out [...]
Downton Abbey finished last night (sigh). Monday night won’t be the same; I don’t know how I’ll cope till next season. No more vicious Thomas and sour old O’Brien smoking and plotting. No more Anna and Mr. Bates sharing longing looks across an armload of the earl’s smalls. No more dizzy, overworked Daisy grating soap [...]
I love this. The kids have all their little SMS codes…like BFF, WTF, LOL etc. So here are some codes for the Seniors: …ahem ATD – At the Doctor’s BFF – Best Friends Funeral BTW – Bring the Wheelchair CBM – Covered by Medicare CUATSC – See You at the Senior Center DWI – Driving [...]
Get a Girl Friday. I’ve been researching what a Girl Friday does for a book, and now I want one. Bet you will too when you see the list of services they provide. Light Laundry and Ironing Household Bill Pay and Balancing Checkbook Light Grocery Shopping Handling Special Projects Pick-up lunch or dinner or an [...]
Why do teenage girls have such a thing about taking photos? Of the same thing? The memory card on our camera is bunged up with photos of my daughter and her friends, her horse, the dog, the cat, very occasionally us. There are folders devoted to each photo shoot, so the computer gets bunged up [...]
Score! My kids came through. I got taken to lunch for Mother’s Day today, because I was one of the speakers at the Tea for Tarts event held by Paper Plus in Hamilton last Sunday where I got fed bubbly, salmon sandwiches and cakes. Sat in bed all morning reading Lisa Scottoline’s Lady Killer which [...]
The Man Rules At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down Finally,the guys’ side of the story. (must admit, it’s pretty good.) We always hear“the rules” From the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note.. these are all numbered “1 [...]
I’m going to the Wild Food Festival in Hokitika this weekend which is something I’ve wanted to do for ages. My husband and I have talked about it for the past five years and now we’re finally going to do it. I love visiting the South Island and the West Coast is unique. After that [...]