I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My fifth novel takes the series to 1918. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.
I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine).
When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.
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Smashwords book reviews by Shayne Parkinson
- Songs From the Other Side of The Wall
on Aug. 16, 2009
Involving, thought-provoking and beautifully written. This is a fine book.
- The Death Trip
on Nov. 17, 2009
Speculative fiction that's disturbingly credible, with an exploration of philosophical and ethical issues that are genuinely thought-provoking. And the ending is very clever.
- Whirl of the Wheel
on Jan. 11, 2010
This is a lovely blend of magic and realistic historical fiction. The period details feel convincing without ever being overdone, and the children are credible, with the sorts of fears and priorities that feel right for their age and situation.
I was reminded a little of the "Green Knowe" books, with the shifting in time element and with the wonderful old house that's a character in its own right. This book has the charm of those classics, while having modern details (such as the World Wide Web) that perhaps make it more accessible to readers who find the classics distancing.