writing

How to Become a Writer.

As a writer who writes too many different things all the time – I am often asked: “Where do you find the time and the drive to write? How do you overcome writer’s ‘block’?” Such questions are a puzzle to me and so my answer is 105km and 14 hrs long… A few years ago,… Continue reading How to Become a Writer.

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Be Worthy

2013 PIPA Graduates. Photo - Letti Wickman. A Keynote Address given at the 2013 Graduation ceremony for the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, Auckland. I’m delighted to be here with you young and restless graduates, and with your families and friends, as we celebrate your achievements. I stand in awe of you. Not just because… Continue reading Be Worthy

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Sex Talk in the Samoa Observer

My second column in the Samoa Observer went live while I was there for the book launch... As a Samoan woman, I know it can be difficult for us to talk with our parents, children, friends and our partners about certain things -  things like intimacy, emotions and relationships. But the world is talking about… Continue reading Sex Talk in the Samoa Observer

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Parents who Believe in You

The Hot Man went to Samoa last night - for the Half Ironman which is next week. Along with his bike and all his special race foods, he also took with him TWO copies of my book. One for my big brother and one for my parents. (the other boxes of books are chugging their slow steady… Continue reading Parents who Believe in You

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Hot Chiselled Bodies vs Babies that pop out like Blackheads

The thing about releasing a book is then people want to know - 'when's your next book coming out?' Never mind that you just gained twenty pounds sitting on your butt (eating and) writing this book and your children have forgotten what you look like...more importantly, they have forgotten the high standards you have for… Continue reading Hot Chiselled Bodies vs Babies that pop out like Blackheads

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Telesa 3 is Out Now

News Update folks, all the stars have aligned and the ebook version of 'The Bone Bearer' is available right now from Amazon. Remember, you don't need to own a Kindle to get your copy. You can download the free Kindle App to your phone or computer and then purchase your book. Its available for the… Continue reading Telesa 3 is Out Now

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I am a Coconut.

So Amazon opened a Japanese division a while back, selling ebooks and stuff. I was looking through my (sad) sales reports and saw, "Hey! I sold a book in Japan!" Sooooo cool. Then I noticed they bought it for $339.00. Double-take. Say what? Do they love me that much in Japan? I get a little excited. Okay,… Continue reading I am a Coconut.

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When Daughters Drive you Nuts

Sometimes, daughters can drive you nuts. Big Daughter is a writer and a poet. She is a disgustingly intelligent child. I can even concede she is far more intelligent then I will ever be. (Not that I’m biased or anything. What do I know, I’m just her mother.) I am very proud of Big Daughter… Continue reading When Daughters Drive you Nuts

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Mormons are Satan Worshippers

Somebody asked me the other day, "how come you don't blog/write about being Mormon? Are you trying to hide it?" It never occurred to me that anyone would construe my NOT blogging about being Mormon as an attempt to 'hide it.' Just like, it never occurred to me to blog about my Mormon-ness purely for… Continue reading Mormons are Satan Worshippers