Family is incredibly important to all of us. We see just how valuable these relationships are when tragedy strikes as it has done in Sri Lanka over the Easter weekend this year, when evil leaders commit acts of terror which break up families and cause our every day lives to disintegrate.
By contrast, this Easter time was a celebration for my family of being all together for the first time since Christmas. The hot, sunny weather was an added bonus.
For my heroine, Eliza, in my book, Waireka, family was really important too. The early pioneers had to be tough and resilient and the families had to work hard, pulling together to make a successful living. This, Eliza feels, will certainly be a contributing factor to the success of the Waireka Butter Factory.
“She felt in her heart this was just the beginning of something much bigger, although she knew they would all have to work hard to grow the business and increase the cows to the projected two hundred they envisaged. Along with Murray, Henry, Peter and Adam, Sue, Annie, herself and the children would all have to play their part in the success of the company…if Alister’s plan to export the butter across New Zealand was going to work.” (Waireka, Chapter 12 p 192-3)
I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.