Living off-grid in a quiet rural valley, I am blessed with the essentials in life; family, friends, fun and food.
Whether I am working on the farm, restoring the native bush block, or tending the garden, stories pop up from nowhere and insist on being written. Sometimes they make me laugh out loud when they arrive, which can be a bit disconcerting to anyone nearby 🙂
As well as coastal fishing, I enjoy gold panning, reading, exploring, and games like Dominion and Catan.
Laughter, respect and living lightly on this planet underline most of my philosophies. Local issues often provoke me to action, and I can’t bear inequitable practices.
I write with pen and paper… Editing happens only when the work is transferred to the computer, and each story has to survive being read to a couple of special folk before it is allowed out in public.
My work has been published in Short story anthologies and nominated for the odd award or two, which is satisfying. ‘With all my heart’ won the December 2021 national short story award, and two others were short-listed. Another story has been short-listed for a Flash fiction anthology which is due out in 2022.
Two plays have been produced in Europe for youtube in 2021, one was selected for staging on 30th Jan 2022 in Dubai, and four others are currently under consideration for production in Europe or Australia, including for radio.
My poetry has survived Live poets evenings, with kind audience feedback.
‘Knock knock: confessions of a Kiwi interviewer’ (published by Upstart Press) is doing well, and is available in good bookstores, on-line, and in NZ libraries.
Since some folk find such things important, I guess that I should mention that I have a Diploma in Creative Writing. I am involved with the local branch of NZ Society of Authors, enjoying sharing this writing journey with fellow writers.