Vicky Adin


I am a wife, mother of two, grandmother of four and an author (BA English, MA (Hons) Education).

In my life, I have been a stay-at-home mum, school library assistant, secretary, executive assistant, retailer, seamstress, embroiderer and tutor, local body politician, amateur thespian both on stage and behind the scenes, a professional conference organiser and now I can proudly say I’m an author. I wonder where the next twenty years in my life will lead me?

I live on the North Shore of Auckland with my husband of over 40 years, within walking distance of the beach – my favourite place to walk, to think and to be at peace.

I love stage musicals, gardening, reading – mostly historical novels – and genealogy. I do a lot of family history research for myself and friends and use true stories I have uncovered as a basis for The PastFinders series. I love horses and equestrian, used to ride, fell off once too often and no longer ride. I leave that to my granddaughter now.

I write every day. I love writing. I do a lot of research.

I started writing seriously in 2007 after years of interest in New Zealand history and genealogy. I am a bit of an idealist at heart and weave family and history together, throwing in a bit of travel, some food and love, of course, love, and my stories come to life.

My latest novel, 'The Art of Secrets' is from The PastFinders series. Emma Wade, an embittered young journalist is sent to write the life story of ageing and reclusive author Charlotte Day. Wrestling with her own secrets, Emma worms her way into Charlotte's past. But some memories are too precious or too painful to share - especially the causes of her descent into isolation. As they struggle forward, the two women are surprised to find much to like about each other. Their unusual relationship deepens; will they learn to trust again... Or will reliving the past be too much for either of them to handle?

The PastFinders novels are based on characters who search out their family roots and the secrets they discover along the way. The first of these is 'The Cornish Knot' about Megan, a widow, who traces her great-grandmother through a long-lost journal. Follow Megan's journey of discovery and renewal as she travels from New Zealand to Cornwall, to Italy and home again. Share her pain and her joys as she unravels her past, uncovering secrets and finding new hope. Be there with her at the end.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Cardiff, Wales and lived in Falmouth, Cornwall between the ages of 5 and 12, before I came to New Zealand, which is now undoubtedly my home. Coming from Wales and Cornwall has and always will influence my writing. I set my novel "The Cornish Knot" the first in The PastFinders series, in Cornwall and used the celtic knot as a motif throughout the story, which travels from Cornwall, to Florence and ends up in Auckland, New Zealand.
When did you first start writing?
When I was at university as a mature student in the early 2000s. I had a family story I considered needed a wider audience but I didn't want a dry and factual non-fiction book, I wanted to tell a story about a pioneering life and the birth of a nation. I had previously written a lot of academic papers and business reports, but wanted to learn about writing stories that would show the reader the scene and the emotion, rather than tell the reader all about it.
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The Art of Secrets
Series: The PastFinders. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,810. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Life is tough. People hurt other people. They either abuse, manipulate or isolate them. Emma is young and already hates the world. Charlotte is old; she’s always hated the world. They both hide behind a façade. They both need redemption. Will they find it by sharing their pain?
The Cornish Knot: Art, Mystery, and Wealth - Two Centuries, Two Lives
Series: The PastFinders. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,450. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Megan’s world is destroyed when her husband dies suddenly. Still grieving, she receives a mysterious package from Cornwall that jolts her out of her cloistered world. It contains a century-old journal. From her home in New Zealand she embarks on a journey of personal renewal to find her past, exposing secrets that change her life and involving the Italian art world. Can she also find love again?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
An adventure story for 6 to 9-year-olds. Set in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. "Lying in my sleeping bag I’m so excited I can hardly wait ...!
 Today we are off on a mystery trip. Sam and I tried to guess where it might be ...
 The swimming hole?
 The bush track?
 Or maybe the flying fox?
 Yeah. That would be cool ...!” Follow Sam and Josh on their adventures with the gannets at Cape Kidnappers.
Daniel A Tale of Courage and Determination, of Love and Loss
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,200. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
A vivid, attention-grabbing insight into the everyday lives of pioneering New Zealanders, Daniel makes history come alive! A powerful and moving narrative traces Daniel Adin through the generations, from 1863 until his death in 1926. The story alternates between real-life events as they happen to Daniel and following Libby, the modern-day researcher, as she seeks his true story.

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  • The Indigo Kid on July 12, 2012

    I have read this book once before as a hard copy and enjoyed it then. Wren Harris has captured the voice of Charlie – alias Charlotte Mae Cromwell, aged 9 – to perfection. The little imp always seemed to be in trouble and misunderstood but through it all she wins hearts and minds, including the readers. The story is told through Charlie complete with all her naivety, tough background and mixed up words. Wren’s wry sense of humour comes across well. A good read.
  • Accidental Hero on July 12, 2012

    This was such a quirky, funny read. Real laugh material. Wren's sense of humour rings loud and clear as we follow the hapless George as he gets into all sorts of difficulties he has no idea how to get out of. But there is always someone looking over his shoulder...
  • Shadows in the Night on July 12, 2012

    Evans' knowledge of the Regency period of exceptional and the reader can be certain that every description is accurate. Follow Julia through all the ups and downs in her life. Sometime you can tut-tut at her choices, and sometimes worry about the danger she is in. The story moves along with an easy pace that keeps you turning pages.
  • Lives Interrupted on Sep. 05, 2012

    The way the author changes point of view between the characters is a strength of this book. The name of the character appears before each section so you know who is speaking and how their life intersects with the others in the story. Some of the characters don't know one another but they are still affected because someone they do know, knows someone else. The descriptions, emotions and reactions are well handled and there is no happy ever after ending. The victims of the London bombings are damaged both physically and emotionally; the characters not injured by the bombing are damaged in other ways. Slowly they learn to move on. Its a powerful story. The ending was too abrupt for my liking but it left me thinking, so effective. I came to the conclusion that it could end no other way leaving everything up in the air for each character to take control of their lives as they so wished.