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Terrie Bird left her native Australia in the 1980’s and lived for a number of years in Zimbabwe and Thailand and currently lives in New Zealand. She has a background in retail business, office administration and, during her time in Thailand, worked as a volunteer for an organisation assisting Thai artisans in marketing locally produced handicrafts.
Since 2003 she has made numerous trips to various parts of Italy but always with a special love of Florence and the Tuscan countryside. It was on one such trip in 2007, while exploring Florence, she began to wonder what had brought about the city's treasure trove of architecture, sculpture and painting. Where had the money come from to fund the grand sculptured buildings, magnificent churches with marble facades and frescoed interiors, enchanting bridges, and the abundance of paintings and sculptures now housed in the city’s museums? Who were the artisans responsible for these creations, and what was life like then for an ordinary Florentine? And so, the idea for Blue Sheep Red Lily was born. Over the course of the next six years, including several more trips to Florence, those original musings developed into this, Terrie’s first novel.
Plans are already underway for her second.