P.D.R. Lindsay


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


Man of Principle
Price: $1.99 USD. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Price: $0.99 USD. 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.
Price: $0.99 USD. 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. 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. 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. 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.)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,350. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
In 1872, Bryce Ackerman leaves England for India to chase two groups of officers now returned to India. These officers have spent their leave competing to see which group could rape the most young ladies. Bryce's own fiancée was raped and he is after vengeance. Can he find the officers and bring some sort of justice and satisfaction for the young women and their families?
Writer's Choice Shorts: I Wish I Could Remember His Name
Price: $0.99 USD. 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. 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.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,900. Language: British English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
There's no slavery in the Yorkshire Dales, not in 1887, not ever. But loving families use artful schemes to enslave the innocent. Twenty nine year old Tizzie is such an innocent.
Christmas Spirits
Price: $0.99 USD. 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. 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 USD. Words: 107,920. 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,580. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Facing their problems with humour, courage, or cheerful ignorance, cunning, guile or sheer women's cheek, these women are determined to make changes in their lives. 'Women Waking Up' is an anthology of eight short stories about eight different women who have a chance to make a choice or make a decision which might affect their lives in a major way.
'Blokes Muddling Through'
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,230. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Did Fred really see Romans? Who took the garden gnome? Do the French have any redeeming features? How far will you go to save your land? When you're not good with words how do you find ways to talk? Find the answers in these stories and be entertained by how these six men cope with their worlds.

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