Interview with Irene Davidson

What are you working on now?
I worked on a number of children's books in 2018, completing Blown Away, about the antics of some washing on a windy Wellington day and another book titled a Suitcase Full of Weather.

In late 2017-early 2018, I illustrated Bixley Baines and the Little Sweaters, written by Pat Kittelson. You can find it for sale at:
In 2017 I wrote/illustrated and published Leaf On A Breeze, My Doggy Did A Do-Do, A Good Read and An Ounce of Prevention.

Previously, ....In 2016, I worked on my Little Dragon illustrations - getting to grips with Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq tablet ...but now its time to return to writing. It's good to be back. In the last six months I've completed two new novels -Leaf On A Breeze (2nd of the White Briars series) and A Good Read (Bk 1 of the Athenaeum Library series).
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when my children were small (they are now 19 and 23).
I picked up writing again several years ago but work and life got in the way so didn't get serious until 2013. Now (after several breaks while moving countries and cities), I am writing full-time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to inhabit the wonderful houses and gardens that I create for my characters for as long as I'm writing their story. I love to see how both the story and the settings grow and evolve over time while I write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd like to be a full-time writer/illustrator and I see this as a way to achieve that dream.
For now, I just want to concentrate on writing and getting my books out there for people to read. I hope they are enjoyable and will develop a following.
Who are your favorite authors?
Growing up on a farm in Southland, New Zealand, I didn't have a library nearby but I loved to read. Driven somewhat by necessity, I started reading my Nanna's Mills and Boons as a pre-teen (she had managed a bookshop, so had a lot of them!), then worked my way through my older brother's Louis L'Amour and James Bond books, so I guess I developed quite eclectic tastes from a fairly early age.
My most precious possession is a first edition copy of Elizabeth Goudge's 'The Little White Horse' which my son found on the internet for me (to replace a copy sadly lost in a house-move in my late teens) but I've read and enjoyed books by Mary Stewart, C. S. Lewis, Charles de Lint, Ann McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Mary Kay Andrews, John Dunning, Clive Cussler, P J Tracy, Katie Fforde and Kathy Reichs to name but a few.
My latest favourites are Sarah Addison Allen and Menna Van Praag.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! ...and a greyhound that wants (no, make that needs) to be walked first thing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Caring for children -mine and others, greyhounds (fostered and adopted), gardening, marketing and generally enjoying life with Tim.
What is your writing process?
Monday to Thursday, I sit down at my computer around 8 to 9am in the morning, after going for a walk and coffee with Tim, our adopted greyhound Smudge. After checking Facebook and emails I spend some time with God, check over what I've written the day before then try to write around 1500 words, with a weekly goal of between 6,000 to 8,000 words.
I don't plan novels in advance, rather letting the characters and events of the narrative drive the storyline. It seems to work for me.
I'm leaving Friday free to work on illustrations and covers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember that the first books I felt I really 'owned' were school prizes that I was able to choose for myself. One was 'Airs Above the Ground' by Mary Stewart (the first of her books I ever read) and another, 'Bride of Pendorric' by Victoria Holt. I thought they were pretty cool.
I still love Mary Stewart's novels but it has been a long time since I've read any Victoria Holt.
I was keen on horses as a child, so inevitably, anything with a pony in the story -especially the 'My Friend Flicka' trilogy.
Other than those, 'The Little White Horse' by Elizabeth Goudge. We had a first edition on the bookshelf at home which had belonged to either my mother or father. I loved both the story and the setting and adopted the book as my own.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south of the south of the south! South pacific, South Island of New Zealand and Southland (the southern-most province). Other than a few small islands, the next stop of any significance is Antarctica.
I find it amusing that I'm now living in the 'south' -of North America... I'm cannot exactly define how my early environment influences my writing, other than to say say that I'm sure it has.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own cover designs, using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop Creative Suite.
What do you read for pleasure?
Hmmm goes a few from the recent past: In no particular order, Clive Cussler, Nora Roberts (and J D Robb), Diane Mott Davidson and Mary Janice Davidson ( two rather diversely different writers but the surnames were a magnet for me!), Mary Kay Andrews, Sarah Addison Allen, Meena Van Praag, Rick Riordan, ..I'll add to this later...
When will your novels be available in print
i will offer print editions once the novels have been re-edited for any errors.
Published 2019-05-06.
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Books by This Author

An Ounce Of Prevention
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,240. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Busy with a new job, flat-out with a renovation and more than adequately occupied with her recently acquired 'family'; Marion feels she has no spare time to spend dealing with additional house guests. However, Mrs Tosthene, Head Librarian extraordinaire, feels quite the opposite and what’s more, doesn’t bother to ask before she foists two new companions on Marion’s already hectic schedule.
My Doggy Did a Do-Do
Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Dogs, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock
A amusing illustrated poem with a message about cleaning up after your dog.
Precarious Balance
Price: Free! Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
A short inspirational story about getting back up after falling, keeping going and giving back.
A Good Read
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
On her birthday, Marion Thomas thinks she's merely searching for a nice cafe and a good latte. All she wants is a low-key celebration of how far she’s come -both literally and figuratively- in the past year. Instead of that milky espresso, she finds a mysterious library, meets a new friend and acquires two lively 'gifts with purchase' that prove far more than she bargained for!
Leaf On A Breeze
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,340. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sara Blaine’s life is busy; far too busy for romance, or so she believes. One day she (literally) stumbles across the path of itinerant musician, Greg, who says he is spending the summer enjoying a gypsy lifestyle and she feels a little envious of his freedom. When Greg offers to help out, Sara is determined not to mix business with pleasure. Greg is equally set on proving her wrong. Who will win?
Two Black Dogs
Price: Free! Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
"If you love something, set it free," ...Erin stands on the beach, deliberating whether to allow her precious rescued greyhound have his first taste of freedom. She is torn between the desire to let him run free and her own anxieties. Having suffered from depression, the dog is her life-line to a normal existence and Erin is loathe to let him go, worried that he won't return
The Flower Girl
Price: Free! Words: 8,020. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(1.00 from 1 review)
A family wedding should be a joyous occasion, but Elsie, the flower girl, has gone missing in a large garden dotted with multiple pools. Her frantic parents, who have spent the day avoiding one another, have four minutes in which to find her before it is too late...a short story in which the action, from start to end, happens over an equally short time period.
Dry Spell
Price: Free! Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Marin is going through something of a dry spell, in more ways than one. One hot, sunny, Perth morning she is thoroughly drenched and then almost run down by a man who has a startling resemblance to James Garner. It appears her dessicated life is about to get a unexpected dousing.
The Waiting Place
Price: Free! Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
...A wayward bolt of lightning, a plane with no pilot, a missed connection, ...all these events culminate in an unanticipated wait in an airport lounge. ...But good things can come to those who wait... A short story about a serendipitous series of mishaps that lead to a happy beginning.
Collecting Thoughts
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,630. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A beautiful French chateau nestled in a quiet backwater of rural France. It's a designer's dream -or at least it might be if only it weren't for the chateau's owner, local bad-boy-made-good Gabriel Dubois. But in her hasty search for a new life of peace and quiet, far from London and her stinky ex-cheater husband, Patrick-le-Pew, Darcy never quite took into account the man who is now her new boss.
Flowers in the Morning
Price: Free! Words: 122,480. Language: British English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Hamish discovers White Briars, an idyllic Gothic cottage set in a rambling, unkempt garden surrounded by woods in Kent, England. Upon moving in, he saves the life of Liana, a flower sylph who has slept years away in an attempt to flee from the grief of repeated loss …but in waking previously-immortal Liana, the garden's guardian has inadvertently also awoken Green Jack, a malevolent sprite.