Q & A with Melissa Van Maasdyk, author of ‘Love Apples’

  ALISON VON BULOW chats to South African born author, Melissa Van Maasdyk, about writing her recently published novel Love Apples - a contemporary romance about a commitment-phobic food editor.   Every element of Love Apples revolves around food; its imagery permeates every layer. And layers there are aplenty.  From the chick-lit romance level to its intriguing cultural references in its exotic Mauritian setting, to the foodie-lover’s sensual presentation of recipes.   Ten years in the writing, the path to publishing Love Apples was

Multi-Award-Winning Children’s Author, Donovan Bixley, Brings Books Alive

I met with Bixley, author of Monkey Boy, and winner of the White Raven Book Award, at his Taupo studio and asked him about his development as a writer and what inspires him today.   Q. How did you become a writer, Donovan? Tell us a little about your development as a writer. A. I’ve been writing ever since I was a kid, but I’ve always been much better at drawing. I’ve always worked in reverse to the way you’re ‘supposed’ to. Rather

NZ’s Most Published Christian Author – George Bryant

“Writing liberates the spirit, reading inspires it.” George Bryant   Kiwi author George Bryant is on a mission - to make the world a better place through his writing. From being his school’s worst essay writer to eventually becoming an established author with 39 books and booklets to his name, George is unstoppable.  The most published Christian author in New Zealand, he is also a publisher and a founding director of Daystar Books. As well as working on his latest book, he can currently

How to Fuel your Passion for Writing

  We all know that to become a successful writer you need good time management and self-discipline. But award-winning writer and coach, Russell Brownlee says there’s a secret to creating a “bloody-minded commitment” to writing, and it all starts with desire.   With his passionate outburst of, “It’s not cool to be a writer, it’s really f**king difficult!” I knew I was going to get honesty from Russel. I had pressed South African based Brownlee for tips for new writers. With his third novel

Q&A with Penny Griffith: What makes a good writer?

      Penny Griffith, author of Out of the Shadows – The Life of Millicent Baxter, tells us what we need to succeed at writing for a living. BY JESSICA MADGE   In her large house overlooking Wellington’s south coast, I braved a fierce licking by her Schnoodle puppy to meet with author Penny Griffith. Originally from the UK, Penny moved to NZ in 1987 and began a new life as a freelance writer. I asked her about her career, her new book, and any

Q & A with Author Trevor Bentley

    Trevor Bentley’s passion for pre-Treaty European Maori relations, captives and cannons, has resulted in four published books and a fifth on the way. But his writing life began in a sweet way with a winning slogan and a year’s supply of chocolate.    BY CHERIÊ PASCOE Q: What got you started as a writer? A: Unlike many published writers I did not write enthusiastically as a child, but I was a voracious reader. I blossomed as a writer in secondary school as two wonderful