Applecross sheep station in New Zealand is the fictional location for this spellbinding saga. We follow the fortunes of those who first settled there in the mid 1800s in a mix of true historical facts and pure fiction. Though Applecross itself may not exist the Mackenzie Basin is indeed a real and beautiful part of New Zealand’s South Island.
In my opinion, a good historical novel needs strong, believable characters who come to life through a gripping storyline based on well-researched historical facts.
All about me
I was born in Somerset, England and started my working life in teaching. Terry my husband, and I emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and lived in the Mackenzie Basin until moving recently to North Canterbury.
I am lucky enough to write while looking out onto the Canterbury Plains with the snow-capped Southern Alps beyond. It is a place where it is easy to find inspiration for stories of the early settlers, who made New Zealand their home.
We share our home on a ten acre block of Canterbury land with three rescued huntaway dogs, Nemo, Jess and Ted, and some chickens, who are as ornamental as they are productive.
I love my dogs who all came from Dog Rescue Dunedin. I am a passionate church bellringer, get great pleasure from my garden and if time allows, I like to investigate my family history or get the knitting needles out.