Author Archives: Tina

Advanced Reading Copy

Am very excited to see the ARC of my YA novel Ursa that’s due to be released early next year by Walker Books. This is what the full cover looks like.

Posted in About writing | Leave a comment

Storylines award

I was at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day yesterday and won the Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished manuscript. While there, I happened to shamelessly cadge a photo from our PM (my heroine). One thing that really struck me … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My new YA title

I find the decision by Whitcoulls to not stock my new YA title ‘Make a Hard Fist’ – as it’s possibly too confronting and therefore a hard sell – to be a disturbing trend for New Zealand publishing. So does … Continue reading

Posted in About writing | 2 Comments

The wonderful Hilary Mantel

I’m such a fan of Hilary Mantel’s writing, so was thrilled to pick up a discounted copy of her story collection at a bookshop recently. There is a marvellous story  about two girls who are spying on a strange figure in … Continue reading

Posted in Reading matters | Leave a comment

New year’s inspiration

To see in the New Year, I’ve been reading the marvellous and thought-provoking memoir by Tim Winton: The boy behind the curtain. Am particularly enjoying his muscular descriptive passages that bring the Aussie landscape to life, such as driving across the … Continue reading

Posted in About writing | Leave a comment

About distractions

Found this marvellous description from the poet Mary Oliver of how easy it is to be distracted as a writer: It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps … Continue reading

Posted in About writing | 1 Comment

They’re reading my book in the UK

I have had the loveliest email from James Watson, a teacher in the UK: Hello Tina, I am a Year 3 teacher in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and my class is currently working on a writing project surrounding your book, The … Continue reading

Posted in About writing | Leave a comment

Writing about Life

I’ve just finished a great ‘memoir’ style book that reminds me that you don’t have to think of memoir as starting at the beginning and sketching in one’s whole life … H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is about a young … Continue reading

Posted in About writing | Leave a comment

Old Brain stuff

Am reading Zizz! The life and art of Len Lye, in his own words and found this great quote: “When I’m in the mood to draw, I cultivate a vacuous, seaweed-pod state of kelp in my skull. Attached to a pencil, … Continue reading

Posted in Life & Whimsy | Leave a comment

Eileen Myles

I’ve just discovered this wonderful American poet, Eileen Myles: WHAT TREE AM I WAITING That whole part of the world where I won’t go any- more that whole separation that I won’t feel high in this house in this hemisphere … Continue reading

Posted in About writing | Leave a comment