Shirley Wine

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 30, 2012

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Current Release: Seven For A Secret

Describe your current release in two sentences?

When Anna discovers her whole life is based on a lie, she seeks answers and discovers a well-kept secret, one never meant to be told. Too late, she realises the dead hand of her father threatens her newfound love for Slade, how can she prove she wasn't a party to her father's diabolical schemes.

What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?

I've never really had to give up anything. I am blessed with a very supportive husband who understands my need to get rid of the voices in my head by writing them down.

I guess I'm blessed in that respect.

What are you working on?

I'm currently working on Sarah's Baby. This is Heath's story and the third book in the series The Mulleins of Katherine Bay.

This series is set on New Zealand's fabulous Coromandel Coast, one my favourite places.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

I would love to be on one of the US Best seller lists.... anyone of them would suit me fine. Lol.

In the meantime, I continue to write and self publish and breathe life into all the stories that are residing in my electronic bottom drawer.

Do you have a comfort food? What is it?

I'm not a sweet tooth and...dare I say it...not a lover of chocolate. But I have a stash of my favourite comfort food stashed in the pantry... crystallized ginger. When things are not going right with my writing you can generally find me raiding the ginger jar!

Where is your favorite place to write?

I used to spend hours closeted in an office but now I have a laptop, I share the lounge with my husband. I bought him earphones for a Christmas present and he watches TV and I write. I love the companionship and my writing output has improved.

What career fields have you worked in?

I have been a farmer most of my life, working alongside my husband. We've owned dairy, sheep and beef farms and a kiwifruit orchard and raised five children.

I have worked as a real estate saleswoman and after we retired from farming, we owned two very successful antique stores, one in Paeroa the other in Katikati.

What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?

I intend to take a well earned holiday and visit a grandson in Invergargill, which is the fartherest town in the South Island of New Zealand.

I'm really looking forward to making a hole in my TBR pile.

In particular I want to sit down and savour "Through All Eternity" by fellow NZ author, Jen Yates.

This book has been years in the writing and is a fascinating read about Ancient Atlantis.

This is a treat I'm saving until i've finished Sarah's Baby.

How was your road to publication?

I have always been a writer, freelancing in local and regional papers. For many years I had a column "Country Comment" in a national daily. My road to publication is littered with rejections.

I have twice finalled, been highlycommended and commended (too many times to count) in the Clendon Award aka "Finish the damn book" a fabulous competition run in conjunction with The Romance Writers of New Zealand.

My first book Catriona/Kate was published in NZ by Kiwigold publishing and the firm went belly up.

This book is now published as Yesterday's Sins on Amazon and has created something of a stir on their discussion forums and causing some very polarised views... not all of them good.

My Second Book Return To Totara Park was first published by TrebleHeart Books to some very good reviews. And when the rights reverted tome I've republished this on Amazon.

And now I'm self-publishing some of the books that have done so well in the Clendon Award.

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

Spain at the time of the Moorish occupation.

I don't know why, but that is one place and one period that calls to something imbedded in my soul. And this has been with me as long as I can remember. Long before I'd even heard of Time Travel.

I often wake from dreams of Alhambra with the sensation I've come from a different time and a different place. Often there are tears on my face, grief in my heart, as if I've been parted from the love of my life. And I have an overpowering yearning to return to that time and that place because my heart is there.

(I'm glad my husband doesn't touch computers now I've revealed this)

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

Alice in Wonderland without a doubt. That wonderful zany world created by Lewis Carrol. It appeals to my sense of the ridiculous.

I would like to thank readers for joining me on this journey and leave you one of my father's quotes (he had a pithy quote for every occaison.)

One that is particularly apt for authors: Procrastination is not only a thief of time, it a thief of a man's sef-respect also.

My next book, also a Clendon finalist. One Hour To Midnight. This should hopefully see the light of day near Christmas.