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A Week in Samoa

I'm in Samoa - staying with my parents but otherwise completely alone. No Hot Man. No Fabulous Five. I was invited to attend the 2012 SPACLAL Pacific Literature Conference held at the National University of Samoa and I had to give a presentation thingamajig about electronic books and self-publishing and social media etc. It was… Continue reading A Week in Samoa

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Virtual Online Love

My mother is a powerhouse of creativity and I owe much of who I am - to her. It's no accident that my Telesa series centers around beautiful, strong, vibrant and powerful women because that's the kind of mother I've been blessed with. Both my parents are incredibly supportive of my writing efforts... in their… Continue reading Virtual Online Love

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No I’m not Rich and I haven’t met Ezra Taylor.

Wherever I go, I've been fielding a lot of questions about the writing and publishing of the TELESA book. Some of them serious, "How long did it take you to write?...Is the book about Ezra Taylor?...Are you rich now?" And some of them, not-so-serious, "Can I be Leila in the movie version of the book?...Are… Continue reading No I’m not Rich and I haven’t met Ezra Taylor.

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Christmas Tree Killer

My Xmas tree is dead. Or at least its dying a whimpering, withering death. This is our first Christmas in NZ. I'm an island girl who grew up with sweltering rainy season Christmases. But I also grew up on Enid Blyton and Swiss Chalet girls books, so I wanted a real Xmas tree. I wanted… Continue reading Christmas Tree Killer

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Screaming Mothers. And Humming Daughters.

Me and my Beautiful Mum.Dear Big Daughter Sade,This morning I was helping your grandmother prepare for a night of literature and dessert at her design store cafe - Plantation House. She had invited forty guests and was getting rather stressed about the upcoming event. She'd asked me to drive her to the grocery store early… Continue reading Screaming Mothers. And Humming Daughters.

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From Me to You.

In a few hours I will fly out to Samoa where I will spend a week in various TELESA book launch activities. I will do things like - chat to media at a press conference, visit a school or two, bake furiously for a Literary Evening at Plantation House, sign books at some local bookshops,… Continue reading From Me to You.

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And the Winner is…

ML2ENAY. Thank you to everyone who uploaded a review of TELESA:The Covenant Keeper on either Amazon or Smashwords by the Monday deadline. You rock! I appreciate your ongoing support and encouragement. Today we put all your names into this very special magic box. ( Otherwise known as Bella's Toy Blocks Box)If you posted a review… Continue reading And the Winner is…

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Why do YOU Love Samoa?

Telesā:The Covenant Keeper is set in present day Samoa. An island nation in the South Pacific where I was born and educated, and where until recently, I was raising my five children. We've been living in New Zealand for 9 months now and while we like our new Kiwi home, being away from Samoa has… Continue reading Why do YOU Love Samoa?

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What did you Read and LOVE in High School English?

“Are your stories based on real experiences that have happened in your own life?” This is a question that I get a lot, and one that I’m sure a lot of writers get. I’ve been writing short fiction for a lot longer than I’ve been writing my (trashy) books and it’s been rewarding to see… Continue reading What did you Read and LOVE in High School English?