Anya Forest

Biography

I'm a New Zealand writer who enjoys creating true-to-life Kiwi characters and communities in my contemporary New Zealand stories, capturing the unique way of life of small-town rural Mainlanders. I've lived around the South Island (and Stewart Island!) with family originally hailing from the West Coast. Each of my books weaves in the southern places that have a special place in my heart, and the outdoor way of life that is such a special part of New Zealand life.

My "Across the Strait" series is set around a family where all is not as it seems, moving through Central Otago and Stewart Island. My "Maniototo Skies" series is set around the plains of the Maniototo, dealing with the far reaching consequences of a moment of anger, and the nature of forgiveness - or not! My stories have a strong flavour of New Zealand - including the wildlife, the scenery, the music and art.

Yep, my books are romances - they have a hero and heroine, and a happily ever after. But a fair bit happens along the way to appeal to those readers who tell me they "never ever read romance" (yeah, I believe you!) as well as those of us that do (and there's a few of us, looking at the stats!)

My latest book "A Southern Shelter" (Book 2, Across the Strait) is set around Central Otago and Stewart Island, with strong themes of family and everything that word can mean. I've already started work on “A Southern Strait” (Book 3, Across the Strait). Next on my list is "A Link of Gold" - the book that will start my "On the Coast" series, taking inspiration from my West Coast heritage.

When I’m not writing I’m enjoying the outdoors with my retriever dog Crockett. And no, he’s not spoilt – I’m just very well trained!

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Books

A Remembered Land (Book 2, Maniototo Skies)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,260. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She’s trying to escape her past. He’s building himself a future. Can they turn a chance meeting into something more? Louise Owen has a reputation. Everything around her is a stark reminder of the mistakes she’s made and the memories she can’t leave behind. Until she meets Cody Thomas...A Remembered Land is a New Zealand romance novel with smart dialogue and a strong but flawed heroine.
A Forgotten Sky (Book 1, Maniototo Skies)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,680. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
He’s the one she left behind. Will she forever be the one who got away? Marina Bryant left New Zealand to make something of herself. After studying art in Europe for six years, she returns to her dusty rural hometown - and Daniel Kent, the love of her youth. A Forgotten Sky is a standalone contemporary romance novel set in New Zealand, with gorgeous settings and simmering chemistry.
A Southern Shelter (Book 2, Across the Strait)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,890. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jesse Holt flees south to forget, pursued only by his conscience and the shadow holding on to his soul. Only at a remote southern bay can he find solace. Then he meets Lisa Dillon. A Southern Shelter is a contemporary romance novel set in New Zealand that handles challenging issues like domestic violence and pregnancy loss, including complex characters, exotic Kiwi scenery and a compelling story.
A Southern Star (Across the Strait, Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,740. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She’s not ready for love. He’ll do whatever it takes to change her mind. Christie Mitchell is heartbroken, and hopes that a move to a remote island in southern New Zealand will help her escape the pain. But then on a fateful ferry ride, she meets Blake Ryan. A Southern Star is a contemporary standalone romance with a strong New Zealand flavour, simmering chemistry and heaps of Kiwi lifestyle.

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