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I only started writing in 1995 in my late 50s (yeah for us late bloomers!). Debbie’s Story - the story of childhood sexual abuse - was a huge hit when published in 1997, one of those books that appeared just at the right time and in the right place. It was second on the bestseller list for that year.
We immigrated to New Zealand in 1997 and in 2000 I co-authored a book called A New Life in New Zealand with my good friend Surita Nortjé. That has since become the preferred textbook for potential immigrants to New Zealand.
After that there was a lull when I wrote almost exclusively for magazines and newspapers, in particular Connections and Migrant News.
In 2006 I published a gift book called To the Child Unborn, a delightful book filled with wisdom and love which, I think, is the best thing I've done.
2007 and 2008 marked the start of my life as a fiction writer. I wrote The Falling of Shadows, The Indigo Kid and Accidental Hero - all set in the fictional small town of Panui. You can buy print copies through my website, www.jennyharrison.co.nz
I recently launched the fourth book in the Panui series, Rusty & Slasher's Guide to Crime, on an unsuspecting world.
on Aug. 01, 2012 :
Wren Harris has set several of her books in Panui, New Zealand, and I loved meeting up with some of the characters introduced in other books. It's like spending time with old friends.
Tessa has an intriguing past, and as we, and Tessa, find out more about events long since buried, but refusing to go away, so the tension builds. An excellent read.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on March 03, 2011 :
I just read 'The falling of Shadows' and was very impressed. It has real depth and some fabulous writing - with the sort of characters that stay with you long after the book is finished. It’s a powerful contemporary family story told with genuine warmth, and I loved it. I hope Wren Harris puts more books on Smashwords soon – I’ll be first in line to download them.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2011 :
A well written, faced paced story with a variety of characters set in small-town New Zealand.
I found it a very easy and enjoyable read ... very "Kiwi" in the way it is written. A little bit raunchy in parts but nothing too offensive in that or any other part of the subject matter.
I look forward to many more books from the same author.
As a rule I don't normally read works by female authors as they often focus more on being descriptive or romantic rather than action (I am a guy, after all).
Wren Harris joins my short list of favourite lady authors ... now 2, along with Janet Evanovich.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)