Vicky Adin

Biography

Vicky Adin is a New Zealand author living on the North Shore of Auckland within walking distance of the beach, the coffee shops and inspiration.

Three words sum up her passion in life: family, history and language. After decades of genealogical research and a life-long love affair with words (she actually enjoyed writing essays at school) she has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together, based on real people, with real experiences in a way that makes the past come alive.

She confesses to a vibrant and varied career that enriched her life and now provides a lot of inspiration. She wonders what the next twenty years will bring.

Under The PastFinders Logo, Vicky Adin writes stories about families: love, loss and renewal.

Daniel is the dramatised, biographical narrative of a disillusioned soldier, New Zealand pioneer, patriarch, and pacifist.

The Cornish Knot is the engaging story of Megan, a widow who mysteriously receives her great-grandmother’s journal written a hundred years earlier. She embarks on a journey to trace her family tree, uncovering secrets and by following the footsteps of her ancestor, finds herself immersed in the world of art in Cornwall, Florence and New Zealand.

Next in The PastFinders series is The Art of Secrets, a soul-searching novel concerning two women: Emma Wade, a young journalist and Charlotte Day, an ageing and reclusive author. Both have suffered hardships and trust no one. They both hide behind a façade. They both need redemption. Will they find it by sharing their pain?

Kazam! Is a children’s illustrated adventure story set in New Zealand and based on real events. It was written for her grandsons, who wanted pictures as well as words.

Vicky Adin holds a Master degree with Honours in English and Education. When not writing you will find her reading – she is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women’s stories; travelling with her life long partner and biggest fan; spending time with her children and grandchildren, or gardening.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Cardiff, Wales and lived in Falmouth, Cornwall between the ages of 5 and 12, before I came to New Zealand, which is now undoubtedly my home. Coming from Wales and Cornwall has and always will influence my writing. I set my novel "The Cornish Knot" the first in The PastFinders series, in Cornwall and used the celtic knot as a motif throughout the story, which travels from Cornwall, to Florence and ends up in Auckland, New Zealand.
When did you first start writing?
I've loved words and language since I was a girl, but didn't consider writing a book until I was at university as a mature student at the turn of the century (As a genealogist I love being able to say that. Most people would think of the turn of 20th century with that phrase, but our generation lives through history too). I had a family story I considered needed a wider audience but I didn't want a dry and factual non-fiction book, I wanted to tell a story about a pioneering life and the birth of a nation. I used my academic and business writing skills as a basis and learnt new ones that would give life to a character and a time that should be remembered.
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Books

The Art of Secrets
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Series: The PastFinders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,810. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Life is tough. People hurt other people. They either abuse, manipulate or isolate them. Emma is young and already hates the world. Charlotte is old; she’s always hated the world. They both hide behind a façade. They both need redemption. Will they find it by sharing their pain?
The Cornish Knot
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Series: The PastFinders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,450. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Art, Mystery, and Wealth - Two Centuries, Two Lives. Megan’s world is destroyed when her husband dies unexpectedly. When she receives a mysterious package containing a century old journal, she embarks on a journey of personal renewal to find her past, exposing secrets that change her life.
Kazam!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
(5.00)
An adventure story for 6 to 9-year-olds. Set in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. "Lying in my sleeping bag I’m so excited I can hardly wait ...!
 Today we are off on a mystery trip. Sam and I tried to guess where it might be ...
 The swimming hole?
 The bush track?
 Or maybe the flying fox?
 Yeah. That would be cool ...!” Follow Sam and Josh on their adventures with the gannets at Cape Kidnappers.
Daniel
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,200. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
(5.00)
A tale of courage and determination, of love and loss. This powerful and moving narrative follows Daniel Adin through the generations, from 1863 until his death in 1926 and offers an insight into the everyday lives of pioneering New Zealanders. Daniel makes history come alive!

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Smashwords book reviews by Vicky Adin

  • The Indigo Kid on July 12, 2012

    I have read this book once before as a hard copy and enjoyed it then. Wren Harris has captured the voice of Charlie – alias Charlotte Mae Cromwell, aged 9 – to perfection. The little imp always seemed to be in trouble and misunderstood but through it all she wins hearts and minds, including the readers. The story is told through Charlie complete with all her naivety, tough background and mixed up words. Wren’s wry sense of humour comes across well. A good read.
  • Accidental Hero on July 12, 2012

    This was such a quirky, funny read. Real laugh material. Wren's sense of humour rings loud and clear as we follow the hapless George as he gets into all sorts of difficulties he has no idea how to get out of. But there is always someone looking over his shoulder...
  • Shadows in the Night on July 12, 2012

    Evans' knowledge of the Regency period of exceptional and the reader can be certain that every description is accurate. Follow Julia through all the ups and downs in her life. Sometime you can tut-tut at her choices, and sometimes worry about the danger she is in. The story moves along with an easy pace that keeps you turning pages.
  • Lives Interrupted on Sep. 05, 2012

    The way the author changes point of view between the characters is a strength of this book. The name of the character appears before each section so you know who is speaking and how their life intersects with the others in the story. Some of the characters don't know one another but they are still affected because someone they do know, knows someone else. The descriptions, emotions and reactions are well handled and there is no happy ever after ending. The victims of the London bombings are damaged both physically and emotionally; the characters not injured by the bombing are damaged in other ways. Slowly they learn to move on. Its a powerful story. The ending was too abrupt for my liking but it left me thinking, so effective. I came to the conclusion that it could end no other way leaving everything up in the air for each character to take control of their lives as they so wished.