Multi-award winning historical fiction author, Vicky Adin is a genealogist in love with history and words.
After decades of research Vicky has combined her skills to weave family and history stories together in a way that brings the past to life, in a similar vein to the stories by Catherine Cookson.
Fascinated by the 19th Century women who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life, Vicky draws her characters from real life stories: characters such as Brigid, the Irish lacemaker and Gwenna, the Welsh confectioner, or Megan who discovers much about herself when she traces her family tree in The Cornish Knot.
Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. She is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women's stories and enjoys travelling.
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.
In 1863 young Daniel Adin, a trained soldier travels to New Zealand to fight an unknown enemy. He receives a medal for his endeavours, but within his lifetime another war forces him to search his conscience. A family saga of love and determination.
Like making lace – she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope
Winner: IndieBRAG award; Chill with a Book Readers' Award.
Heartbroken, Brigid boards the ship for a new life. Her lacemaking skills draw attention but life doesn’t run smoothly and Brigid must conquer her fears if she is to fulfil her dreams. A new start offers hope until the man seeking her downfall finds her.
Emma wants to forget, Charlotte never can, together they remember.
Journalist Emma Wade worms her way into the life of the reclusive author Charlotte Day looking for a journalistic coup. Charlotte has much to hide and does not want anyone digging into her past. With secrets of her own, Emma finds a story that changes the lives of both women.
Can one woman’s secrets change the life of another a century later?
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 to find her past and exposes secrets that change her life.
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.
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.