Guest Speaker at the Tairua Book Club

My lovely sister-in-law Brenda invited me to speak at her local book club while we were visiting recently. What a wonderful evening it was! The group is new and were so welcoming; it was a real privilege to be invited.

It did remind me though: you can’t write if you don’t read. So keep reading, people!

Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.

600 ‘sales’ milestone

My 3 books so far

Since releasing my first book in June 2017, I reckon I have just passed having 600 books ‘out there’. That includes both e-book and paperback formats across all 3 books. The reason I put ‘sales’ in quotes is because the numbers include books I’ve gifted or given away. Now, I realise that 600 is not a huge amount, especially if you average it over the nearly 5 years since I first published. But the last 12 months have been pretty useless, so they don’t count 🙂

It certainly has been more slow and steady than I would’ve liked, but hey, it’s all been a massive learning curve. And while I’m still learning it and enjoying the journey … well, I’ll keep going! Thanks for being part of my journey by reading this.

Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.

Caleb Award finalist

Look what arrived in the post this week! The certificate came with a bunch of stickers to put on my books. Looks like I’ll have to get more books printed as I only have about 10 left in stock. Or I could stick 10 on each book 🙂

Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.

I have a fan!

Meeting a budding young author

One of the best things about having a book published is receiving direct feedback from a reader that they love your book! This young man is the grandson of a local writing colleague. As you can see from his cup, he is award-winning himself. He is a very gifted writer at such a young age, and I am privileged for him to be inspired by my stories.

I missed out on the Caleb Award

The above is a screenshot from the website.In the end the award ceremony was held online (yes, due to the pandemic), which was great because it meant that I could attend.

I really thought I had a chance in taking this one out. This was the fourth time one of my books had made it through to being a finalist. I’d already had 3 disappointments. Surely, this time I’d finally do it? After all, this was my last book. My last chance, as most awards are only open to books published in the previous 12 months.

I dialled in (well past my bedtime!) and waited with baited breath. But the winner was The Apprentice (and well deserved, too, by all accounts). Sigh.

Since then I’ve been very deflated. This award ceremony was back in October 2021. I haven’t posted anything since July! Sorry about that. I promise to pull myself up by my bootstraps and soldier on.

Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.