Irene Davidson


Irene Davidson is the writing pseudonym of Adrienne Oaks.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science (major in Botany) followed by two years post-graduate study in Landscape Architecture, one year in secondary teaching training and a year of psychology, social geography and design. She is taking a well-earned rest from further tertiary education for now.
Growing up in the far south of the far south of New Zealand, she soon noted that it was a very long way from ...anywhere. She started travelling as a secondary school exchange student to that ‘other’ south, …Tennessee, USA.
Post her post-graduate diploma, she flew to London, where she worked in several jobs, including Landscape Architect in a building overlooking Buckingham Palace’s gardens, before producing the first of two wonderful children. Her CV now consists of a curious mélange of academic achievements, places travelled and an unusual mix of workplaces ...she could also add several months of ‘Chateau cleaning’ in France to her résumé but feels it may reduce the tone somewhat.
She utilises the bountiful experiences she has garnered from all this travelling and working abroad in her writing.
Having returned to that ‘other’ south in 2016, after a year of living in Chattanooga, she has recently relocated to Washington State with her husband and their rescued ex-racing greyhound …who sleeps in Seattle while she writes.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Irene Davidson online

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Where to buy in print


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.
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?
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.
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.

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