Barbara Arnold


"I'm going to write a book one day." How many times have you heard someone say it, as if they'll dash one off while they're on the number seven bus. I suppose I was the same, although I stayed at the boasting stage, and never got to the 'dashing one off' process.

Following three years of homesickness, I began asking myself now I was in New Zealand, what was I going to do? Indeed, what did I want to do? And there it was: Write! I wanted to write.

I enrolled in a creative writing class. I loved it. I had arrived. How little I knew! How simple it seemed.

Some of the things I discovered are:

Writing is a craft.
My style is uniquely mine.
I'm a novelist.
Editing takes longer than writing.
Writing can be lonely and I need other writers.
Rejection is devastating.
Acceptance is sweet.
Writing has little to do with inspiration. It has to do with perseverance.

Barbara holds private courses, in the North Island of New Zealand, for groups and individuals who want to learn the mechanics of writing which include idea gathering, good beginnings that capture interest, developing characters readers will want to follow through a whole story; realistic dialogue; use of good and effective language; creating conflict; showing versus telling; endings, and much more.

I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Best wishes: Barbara Arnold.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in London, during the war and, as my mother refused to be evacuated, we stayed in our house in South London. We were spared the blitz and later the buzz bombs, although streets and streets of houses around us were destroyed leaving numerous bombsites, the one opposite my house being my playground. Therefore Post War London figures largely in most of my books and it's where I feel most comfortable.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I enjoy using my Kindle with the benefits it provides, especially not having to take a pile of books on holiday with me. However, I have to confess that for me nothing quite compares with the feel and smell of a new book.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Barbara Arnold online


There is a Time
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
It is a hot, airless New Year's Day in the remote South Island of New Zealand when Tony Addington miraculously encounters his Blountmere Street neighbours, Fred, Lori and Paula. They dedicate themselves to finding four former child migrants and to helping them discover their families, as Tony had his. All the while clouds of danger and intrigue are thickening. There is a time ...
I'm Only Here To Do Your Typing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,850. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This book is a humorous romp through Jo Hackett's secretarial career, and the eccentric characters she encounters along the way.
The Best in Blountmere Street
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,390. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Paula Dibble is the most privileged and best-dressed girl in Post-War slum Blountmere Street. She is also alienated and lonely. It makes Paula the least likely person to develop the strength of character she later needs to survive her journey into womanhood.
He Called Me Son
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,030. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
At the age of twelve, Tony Addington is transported from everything that is familiar to him in London to New Zealand, as part of the British Government’s Child Migration scheme. A tyrannical farmer puts him to work as unpaid labour on his remote farm in the foothills of the South Island. But Tony determines to hold on to his memories. Eventually they lead him to the truth.

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