Interview with Christine Davies Curtis

When did you first start writing?
My father wrote and had published short stories and I dabbled a little as I grew up, with his support. I did not start writing in earnest until 2009, although I had a short story read on the NZ radio in 1974.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have just written a 'Medical Romance', covering the training and sexual adventures of three trainee nurses in the 1950's in UK. I drew on my training experiences( but not personal sexual adventures!) as a nurse in that era. It is about to be launched on eBooks. It is called 'The Nightingale Pledge' which is was a compulsory code of conduct in those days. One Nurse is middle-class and from a protected home; one is from a wealthy family and interested in anything in trousers, and the third is part NZ Maori who had had an illegitimate baby in NZ.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I took a Creative Writing Course with the NZ Institute of Business Studies and discovered self-publishing and eBook production. I have learned to format my own books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I was recommended to Smashwords from my personal tutor in the NZIBS and I have had regular sales, especially after getting Premier grading where distribution is worldwide.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A feeling of creating something, and having positive feedback from my readers. It is also almost like an addiction when a book is in progress; a secret thrill to be involved with something so personal.
What are you working on next?
I am at present amalgamating the three 'Memoirs' and adding some. I have also stared the 4th memoir about my return to the feudal Island of Sark (see ' So You Want to Live on Sark.') with the 'love of my life.' It will give details of life there from 1984 to 2009, and my love's death of a brain tumour, through which I nursed him.
What do your fans mean to you?
Quite a lot. I have had some good feedback from the hard copies but none from eBooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about keeping goats in Sark in the British Channel Islands
How do you approach cover design?
So far I have used photos from the subject and had it professionally created for hard copies. I have yet to decide how to create for my romance. As I also draw, I may design my own.
Describe your desk
My desk is reasonably tidy; I have stacked shelves either side and a notice board on the wall in front. I use a large laptop for writing so often take it to another location to write. My top room has lovely views and NZ bush around with birds singing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in Stratford-on-Avon in UK where of course I went to the Theatre often to see Shakespeare's plays. That must have influenced me, as well as growing up with a father who wrote short stories and asked for my criticism ( though I doubt if he took it!)
Published 2013-12-20.
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Books by This Author

The Pledge
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 129,400. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical
Sally, Hine and Tina meet for the first time as trainee nurses in a large English hospital. As they take the Nightingale Pledge, little do they realize they will also make a pledge of a friendship which will last the rest of their lives and that they will soon have exciting adventures with the opposite sex.
So You Returned to Sark
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,770. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In ‘So You Returned to Sark’ Chris’ marriage comes to a dramatic head. She returns to Sark with ‘the love of her life,’ Peter, and begins a very different existence to the one she had earlier when she ran a guest house and smallholding in this tiny Feudal Island just off the French coast. She is the district nurse and trains as a homeopath, visiting patients by bike as there are no cars.
To Sark and Beyond
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,470. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Chris Davies Curtis has combined her first 3 books: first she is a District Nurse in London in the 1960's. Then she and her husband move to the Feudal Island of Sark to run a guest house and smallholding of 200 hens, goat and a donkey; they travel to NZ by ship, touring in a delivery van they explore work there for 2 years, finally emigrating and Chris gets a job as a rural District Nurse.
Queens Nurse to Godzone
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,130. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tales of real life district nursing in London in the sixties and New Zealand in the seventies. Follow Chris as she cycles round the rough streets of London and later drives around a large rural area, visiting her patients. There is pathos and humour.
So You want to Live on Sark
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,780. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.00 from 1 review)
An amusing an poignant true story of a couple's move to the tiny car-free Feudal Island of Sark in the British Channel Islands. Chris and Ken Davies opened a guest house and also ended up with 200 hens, hives of bees, milking goats, two cats the dog Hugo and donkey Pedro. Chris nursed in the community mix of Sarkese and English, and we meet many characters. Delighfully illustrated by the author.
From a Feudal Isle to Aotearoa
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,160. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
In 1972 Chris, Ken and young son Roy left their guest house on the tiny feudal Island of Sark and took ship for New Zealand. They bought a Bedford van and spent two years working and touring in both Islands. This is the true story of the trip out; the many places visited and jobs taken,from Matron of a small Auckland hospital to running a motel and giving horse and carriage rides to guests.