I live and work in a country town in New Zealand that lies between the mountains and the sea. I have qualifications in religious studies, social science research, business administration and creative writing. I write fiction that draws on my career working for government.
- Adult Fiction
- Adult Non-Fiction
- Business Writing
- Corporate Writing
The War of Gwylim Harris: A Novel
Born soon after the end of World War II, Gwylim Harris comes of age in a period of social, political and economic change in New Zealand and the world. His actions, shaped by history, collide with the frailties of the women he courts. Gwylim’s war with himself to find his identity sits alongside the voices of the women he loves. Through the life of Gwylim Harris the meaning of family and commitment is explored as the place of women in society changes around him. His struggles leave a trail of abandonment and opportunities lost.
Wrestling with Pie
2019. A selection of essays. ISBN 978-0-473-47177-4. Click here: Wrestling with Pie.
The Kiwi Nest: 60 years of change in New Zealand families
Family form and structure have changed over the past 60 years, raising questions about how families can meet contemporary functions. Because the family is an economic entity, a critical social group, and a building block of communities, society itself can be affected when families come under pressure. Global influences, the economy, social norms, our capacity to work, and our expectations about being a parent are often different today than for previous generations. This report examines the factors that affect the formation and existence of families, and how families adapt to changes. If families are adaptable, society benefits. Alongside a demographic description of New Zealand families over six decades, the report examines three important dimensions of family life - work, income, and housing. It also discusses themes that transcend these topics. This report will contribute to a broad view of the complexity and importance of families, and how they can be supported to enhance their wellbeing.
Assessment of the Health Impacts of Lowering the Minimum Legal Age for Purchasing Alcohol in New Zealand
2002. Commissioned by ALAC. Occasional paper No 16. Click here: Library Catalogue and Health Assessment Lowering the Minimum Age for Purchasing Alcohol.
Inside/Outside: Family Violence and Housing
1991. Commissioned by the Housing Corporation of New Zealand. Click here: Inside Outside Family Violence and Housing.
This research explores the association between stable housing and the likelihood of experiencing family violence.
Support Housing: Who Supports it?
1991. Commissioned by the Housing Corporation of New Zealand. Click here: Support Housing Who Supports it?
A primary research project exploring attitudes and behaviours at a time of significant deinstitutionalisation in New Zealand.
Becoming Real is the story of a murder linked to a religious cult. Religious beliefs, cultural heritages and politics co-exist and sometimes clash in the melting pots that are Australia, America and Iran. There is the shadow of ISIS, collaboration with the NYPD, the involvement of the Australian intelligence community and, amidst it all, a powerful love at first sight. Becoming Real is a classic murder mystery, but one that touches on the human condition. It is Book One in an explosive new crime series: The Becoming Chronicles.
Willow in Underwood
When she leaves her Californian life for rustic England, Willow discovers she has the rare gift of being able to see and talk to dead people who know reside in the Underworld. She finds new friends, falls in love with a man from the Underworld, leads a mission to save the President of the United States of America from evil Underworld beings, and journeys into the Underworld itself on a quest that is fraught with danger. All the while, she is pursued by her angry ex-fiancé, Ashton Anderson. Willow moves through this world and the next to find friendship, love, happiness, and identity.
Underwood and the Round Table
Emelia, Willow and Mayou, uncover secrets from the court of King Arthur and the Round Table. Driven by a renewed quest for the Holy Grail, dead souls take their chance to slip away from the Underworld. Ancient tragedies and the heart-breaking true story of Sir Lancelot and Guinevere are revealed as time is traversed. Elwood Freeman, archaeologist, helps Emelia discover truths about herself. She searches for a way to put her past really in her past. Willow and Alfred are also haunted by the demands of their former lives, while Mayou finds that the path to true love is not destined to run smoothly.
Strategic Vision for Empowering Auckland's Sector of Creative Spaces and Art Programmes
2020. Auckland’s Creative Spaces Strategic Plan 2021-2023. Commissioned by Arts Access Aotearoa. Click here: Auckland's Creative Spaces Strategic Plan.
A Sector Seeking Support in 2020 and Beyond
2020. Research on Auckland's Creative Spaces and Art Programmes. Commissioned by Arts Access Aotearoa. Click here: Auckland's Creative Spaces Research.
The Benefits of Arts in Corrections
2021. Literature review of the benefits of arts programmes in prisons. Commissioned by Arts Access Aotearoa. Click here: Arts in Corrections Research.
How to Develop and Write an Accessibility Policy
2021. A guide for art organisations wanting to be accessible to all. Commissioned by Arts Access Aotearoa. Click here: Developing an Accessibility Policy.