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A few reasons why I read and write romance

“I like reading novels because it provides insight into human behaviour.” (Claire Danes) We learn about people by meeting them; by watching them. In historical novels, the people we meet face different challenges to our own, have been moulded by a … Continue reading

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Holidays, Holydays, Carnivals, Festivals, and Vacations

This past fortnight, we have been on holiday, meeting relatives in Rotorua for our annual holiday together, taking friends from the United States on a tour of the North Island of our lovely country, and now entertaining relatives in our … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about sex

It’s a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, I’ve had readers comment approvingly about a story of mine that has no sex in it. And I worry about whether they think that’s a promise for the next one, … Continue reading

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THE END is the start of a new beginning

Typing those magical words THE END on the current work-in-progress is a wonderful feeling, especially when it is a full-length novel that has been in gestation for more than a year, counting character sketches, thinking about the plot, researching facts … Continue reading

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Christmas is coming…

We are made for festival and ritual, we human beings. We inherit traditions. We adapt them to our needs. We make up our own. Putting out grass for the reindeer on Christmas Eve is an innovation one year and by … Continue reading

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The price of patience

I’ve been waiting for the paeonies to bloom. I’ve wanted to grow my own for thirteen years. We were in Invercargill researching for our book How Local Government Works, and we visited a local Council initiative testing cold-climate crops, where … Continue reading

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Spring has almost finished Springing

Down here on the other side of the planet from most of my fellow Main St authors, the daffodils are over, the tulips are almost finished, and the cherry and plum trees are covered in tiny fruit that will, given … Continue reading

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