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The Bone Bearer: A Piece.

A piece of the third book in the Telesa Trilogy: The Bone Bearer.  Coming in 2013.When I turned twelve years old, my mother took me to the edge of the ocean cliffs and told me the story of the shark and the turtle. How long ago, a woman and her child were driven from their… Continue reading The Bone Bearer: A Piece.

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The Hermit Leaves the Cave to go on Television

We all know I'm a social recluse. With rather pitiful social skills. Which are sorely tested whenever I have to leave my cave and do stuff like an interview on the TVNZ Good Morning Show. So how did it all come about?Blogging is a miraculous thing. And social networks can be far-reaching and super connecting… Continue reading The Hermit Leaves the Cave to go on Television

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What Makes Good Romance?

What makes good romance? We all have different answers because what counts as 'romantic' is different for different people. I write YA fantasy romance and that can be fun. Especially when it comes to figuring out what will set spines tingling. Hearts racing. Spark a smile on even the most unwilling of faces. I'm no expert, but… Continue reading What Makes Good Romance?

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‘When Water Burns’ Comes to Life on Screen.

I'm thrilled to release the trailer for the second book in the Telesa Trilogy: When Water Burns - produced by Jordan Kwan and a fabulous team of models. As an author who writes with a constant "film" in her mind of the story she's writing on paper, it's incredibly exciting to see a story come… Continue reading ‘When Water Burns’ Comes to Life on Screen.

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I Vlogged! (Can I get anymore CLEVER!?)

Ok, so I tried this vlogging thing. You dont even want to know HOW LONG it took me to figure out the blasted video tech stuff. Ugh. Anyway, here it is. The first in the "Fiapoko Woman" series where I talk about writing stuff, answer your TELESA questions and generally ramble about random things (when I… Continue reading I Vlogged! (Can I get anymore CLEVER!?)

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Why Authors Require Assistants on Book Tours.

I went to Samoa for a four day whirlwind book tour that included school and library visits, a book signing, writing workshop, and more. I took Big Daughter with me. She was my designated "tour assistant." My helper. My photographer and video documenter. My right hand. My bestest buddy. That friendly, smiley, personable young woman who helps… Continue reading Why Authors Require Assistants on Book Tours.

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How Much Attention Should Writers pay to Bad Reviews?

"Do me a favor and don't waste your time reading this book...the story line is awful."  "I wish someone else had written this book because I think it could have been great if written by a better storyteller.""The writing and dialogue were VERY bad.""The main character completely ruined the book for me. She's bipolar, jumping… Continue reading How Much Attention Should Writers pay to Bad Reviews?

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An Author Meets a Gladiator.

In the weekend I was a guest speaker at a super awesome conference that targeted Pacific youth in South Auckland. Organized by Accelerating Aotearoa, their aim is to help connect young people with potential careers and training opportunities and other really useful stuff like that. I was honored to be invited and put a lot… Continue reading An Author Meets a Gladiator.

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What is a Samoan?

                                 Samoans - there's lots of different kinds of us.Something strange happened to Big Son when we moved to New Zealand. Something that involved a lavalava, the siva and 'real' Samoans. Our children have spent their entire lives in Samoa… Continue reading What is a Samoan?

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A piano fell on my head today.

I was sitting in church looking around ( from the depths of the back rows where I always creep in and hide) when suddenly it hit me.I've been coming to this particular congregation for a year now. A whole year. And I don't even know who half of these people are. In fact, I dont… Continue reading A piano fell on my head today.