P.D.R. Lindsay

Biography

p.d.r. lindsay (no capitals please in tribute to a favourite poet, e. e. cummings) makes New Zealand home. Born in Ireland, brought up in Yorkshire, educated in England, Canada and New Zealand, writer p.d.r. lindsay is also Mrs Salmon, Ms Lindsay-Salmon and even for eight years in Japan, Professor Lindsay-Salmon. This wide experience of different cultures colours her writing and keeps her travelling.
Social issues are her main concern which is why she writes historical stories about ordinary people, the ones whose names and lives we don't know much about. Reading the diaries and letters of parsons and farmers, wives and daughters, merchants and tradesmen showed her how the basic human dilemmas do not change over the centuries. She finds that certain human trait both good and bad, can be better shown through historical stories than through contemporary ones and hopes that readers will think about those failings as they apply to today.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was reading before I went to school and so I cannot remember the first story I ever read because I was always reading. Reading allowed me to escape from the difficulties of being part of my family.

I do remember how the Grimms brothers fairy tales terrified and yet attracted me. I do remember how 'Black Beauty' made me cry when I was six and showed me how words written down could affect people. Every story I read affects me in some way.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design I leave to my expert artist friend. She's great. When I have an idea for a cover and fiddle about it usually turns into a mess. I've learnt to let Dawn take my few disjointed ideas and produce something marvellous.

The important thing for a cover is that it looks good in the small display size you see on the website and also is as appealing full size. Paying for a good design from an artist who understands the limits and expectations of a book cover is well worth it.
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Where to buy in print

Books

Three Victorian Novels
Price: $6.99 $3.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 276,350. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 6, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
In 1872 Bryce seeks revenge in the Indian Raj. In 1887 Tizzie, an innocent, discovers the truth in the Yorkshire Dales. In1889 Melisande is forced to leave the comforts of her life in India for the wilds of New Zealand.
Writer's Choice Shorts 'Eggs for Supper'
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Coming of age
1644 and the Royalist Cavaliers are hunting Roundheads and their sympathisers. Can Ruth overcome her fear and save her brothers?
Wild Colonial Girl
Price: $4.99 $1.24 USD. (75% off until March 9!) Words: 100,440. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
‘What? Leave India? Move to the colonies and make a new life there?’ Melisande, reluctant and scared, has to leave her beloved India to become a colonial wife. An uplit (cheerful) historical novel set in 1898 to 1900.
Benjamin's Adventure
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Benjamin has a companion, a little donkey he calls Ned-Nod. One dark mid-winter night Ned-Nod wakes Benjamin because he knows that tonight wishes could come true. The Matariki stars have risen in the sky again and Ned-Nod must go there, but he’s afraid. Will Benjamin come too? Benjamin loves Ned-Nod and is determined to help. Together they must find the mythical magical way to the stars.
Song of the Sea
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 2,260. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 14, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Greg knows his Gran is homesick and misses the sea. No else seems able to help so it’s up to him. He's thought up a crazy plan but will it work?
Tales From Old Japan
Price: $3.99 $0.99 USD. (75% off until March 9!) Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Four stories to enchant and entertain. Can peasant girl, Chieko, pay the debt she owes to the Lord and Lady who rescued her? Will Lord Iwasaki’s daughter, Yoshie, succeed and prove that she is truly a samurai’s daughter? What does a kidnapped Lord's daughter do as revenge? Can Eiji prove his worth to his honourable samurai father when he rescues his courtesan mother and young brother?
Writer's Choice Shorts: Going to Japan
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Five year old John is cross. He has to fly all the way across the world to Japan, leaving his best pal and companion, his dog, Micky, behind. It's only for three months, but what is he going to do?
Man of Principle
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 4,930. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: May 2, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Angus is supposed to be retired and take things easy but he can't stand what his daughters are doing to the farm. It's against his principles. What can he do?
Song and Dance Act
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Brye is determined. If a moonlight trip to the beach and a romantic song and dance act can't persuade Emma that her Brye is still the same one she left behind three and a half years ago, then nothing will. But he has high hopes.
Writer's Choice Shorts: The Gift
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Young James had another set of grandparents in his friendly neighbours, Tom and Noona Laughton. Sadly Ton's heart attack left James and Noona bereft and Noona seems frozen in her grief. James is sure Tom would want Noona to smile again, and he sets about finding a way to unfreeze her. He has a plan but will it work?
Writer's Choice Shorts: My Nan
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Tasha and her Nan love dancing. Tasha dreams of dancing as one of the children in the Nutcracker with the ballet company but there’s a problem and only her Nan can solve it.
Trust George
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Megan has moved to be near her daughter and grandchildren, but it’s hard work making friends until a most unlikely helper called George takes a hand.
Knitwits
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 4,170. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 8, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Anna Edding is persuaded by the twins to help them save their pet lambs by teaching them to knit the wool. Their dad is not so keen but as the twins' mother died when they were babies he really has his hands full and reluctantly agrees. It's a tough task but everyone ends up smiling.
Heartwood
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 2,230. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 8, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
What is it about this pear wood which is demanding release? Can Josh find a way to fulfill the promise made many years ago?
For the Woman He Loved
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 2,490. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 8, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Dan moves heaven and earth, and their old first home, the romantic Kowhai Gully Cottage, into town for his beloved Maye.
Heart of the Matter
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 4,300. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 8, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Captain Martin Langley has set himself up during his service in Japan with a young Japanese wife and has enjoyed her sexual favours without the danger of brothel diseases. Now he plans to return home to England and his fiancée, but his meek little 'wife' has other ideas.
A Flax Rope
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 2,210. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 8, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Spooky Maori ghost story involving the guardian warriors and the ghost waka (canoe.)
Bittersweet
Price: $3.99 $0.99 USD. (75% off until March 9!) Words: 67,480. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Set in the Indian Raj in 1872. A very angry young man, Bryce Ackerman, is hunting down some officers who were NOT gentlemen.
Writer's Choice Shorts: I Wish I Could Remember His Name
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 1,820. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: January 3, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
'I Wish I could Remember His Name' is a contemporary fantasy short story based on New Zealand mythology.. Maori mythology includes a god of the forest and guardians of the trees. A heart broken young wife, trying to establish her eco-tourist business finds her life improves when a mysterious stranger lends a hand.
Writer's Choice Shorts: The Ballad of the Moon Lady
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 2,350. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 2, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The children remember old tales and dreams. They remember the moon lady and the sun lord.
Tizzie
Price: $4.99 $1.24 USD. (75% off until March 9!) Words: 108,670. Language: British English. Published: April 4, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Tizzie finds it hard to believe that her own brother and his wife have tricked her out of a husband and an independent life. Thankfully young Agnes sees more clearly. Together they are going to live a different life.
Christmas Spirits
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 3,350. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: January 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
'Christmas Spirits' is an SF short story. Set in the near future it is about a Maori Tohunga, (wiseman) head of his family's unusual business, who has to take on the task of ridding a deep space cruiser of some unwanted guests. It's Christmas Eve and he hates travelling into space. He just wants to go home, but do those unwelcome guests?
When I Come Again
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until March 9!) Words: 4,060. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 13, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
Becan, returning home after four years of trading with the Romans, looks forward to meeting his sweetheart and to their marriage. He knows she will be waiting for him. He's sent her messages every year and is certain that she has kept her word and waited for him. But there have been other things happening he doesn't know about. So will Laila the Fair be there for Becan?
Jacob's Justice
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 108,160. Language: British English. Published: March 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
1642, civil war’s about to erupt in England & Jacob Emerick, lawyer son of the Merchants Emerick, must save the family’s gold & ships from the bigots on both sides. The King & the Puritans.want the Emerick money & ships & neither side care how they get them. Jacob learns, through bitter experience, just what determined bigots will do as he struggles to find justice for his family.
'Women Waking Up'
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 20,580. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 21, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In "Women Waking Up," you'll meet eight different women facing familiar choices in life, but with unique twists that make each story a captivating journey. From humour to courage, cunning to sheer determination, these women handle their challenges with various approaches. As you immerse yourself in their stories, you'll find yourself wondering - what choice would you make in their shoes?
'Blokes Muddling Through'
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 16,210. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 14, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In a world turned topsy-turvy, six men grapple with change, bewilderment, and the complexities of middle age. From mysterious sightings of Romans to missing garden gnomes, these men navigate the chaos with wit, grit, and a touch of absurdity. Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journeys as they search for meaning, redemption, and the courage to save what matters most.

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