You can find me all over the internet, but here is a selection of my writing.

Books

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Where Sunflowers Grow - Published April, 2021

He’s a political exile. She’s part of the Italian resistance. Together they will face the ruthlessness of war. Rome, 1943.

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Cats, Dogs and Feathered Gods - Published April, 2021

A collection of forty-eight historical poems.

Series: A Jack & Bea Mystery

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Ashgrove Park - Published April 2021

She pauses for a moment, reaching over me to pick up some dirty plates before dropping her voice to a whisper and saying: "Be careful of Lord Ashgrove."

December 1918 - An imposing house. A stolen artefact. A dark presence hell-bent on revenge. Only Jack Collingwood, a veteran of WWI and a man who sees what stalks the halls of Ashgrove Park, can stop the powerful menace and save the woman he loves. Will he succeed?

A gripping gothic page turner!


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On Jacaranda Street - to be published in March 2022.

Ashgrove Park is the first book in the Jack and Bea Mystery series. The second book is titled On Jacaranda Street and is set in Sydney, Australia during the crime-ridden 1920s. Jack and Bea are returning from New Guinea and are en route to London when they receive a telegram from Dr. Miller. 

His wife, Madame de Clermont, is on a year-long tour of Australia where spiritualism is popular. They are staying at an inner-city Gothic-style mansion and Dr. Miller invites Jack and Bea to stay with them. 

The New South Wales police call in Dr. Miller to consult on the criminal mind after a sensational homicide of a woman in Hyde Park. What is the link between this woman, a wealthy art dealer with a murky past, and the Gothic mansion? And how will Jack and Bea help Dr. Miller to solve the crime?


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Moon Silver Hill - to be published in late 2022.


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Fiction & Flash Fiction

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Historical Travel Writing

I am the Cultural Heritage editor for the World History Encyclopedia.

"Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon."  World History Encyclopedia - March 19 2019

"An Ancient City Beneath Rome: Visiting the Catacombs of Priscilla." World History Encyclopedia - April 8, 2019 

"Traditional Maori Tattoo of New Zealand." World History Encyclopedia - June 6, 2019 

"How An Adventure-Loving American Saved The Thai Silk Industry." World History Encyclopedia - August 19, 2019

"Azulejos: The Visual Art of Portugal." World History Encyclopedia - October 7, 2019

"In Darwin’s Footsteps - Te Waimate Mission."  World History Encyclopedia - November 21, 2019

"Skulls, Temples & Churches: A Visit to the Walled City of Evora." World History Encyclopedia - February 17, 2020

"Ayutthaya: Venice of the East." World History Encyclopedia - April 28, 2020

"The Temple of the Emerald Buddha." World History Encyclopedia - May 21, 2020

"Polynesian Navigation & Settlement of the Pacific." World History Encyclopedia - August 7 2020

"Bangkok's Portuguese Past." World History Encyclopedia - October 20 2020

"The Hei Tiki - A Cultural History." World History Encyclopedia - January 26, 2021

"Top 5 Deep-Dive Virtual Shipwrecks." World History Encyclopedia - April 15, 2021

"Matariki." World History Encyclopedia - June 15, 2021.

"William Dampier." World History Encyclopedia. - December 10, 2021 

"Matthew Flinders." World History Encyclopedia. January 10, 2022.

Poetry

"The Battle of the Hydaspes" Visual Verse  Vol. 03 Chapter 11, September 2016. 

"The Glove Maker" Visual Verse  Vol. 04, Chapter 1, November 2016.

"Cartographia" Visual Verse  Vol 4 Chapter 10, 2017.

"The Final Voyage" The Copperfield Review, Volume 16 Number 1 Spring 2017

"Of this Land." 'a fine line', New Zealand Poetry Society August 2017

"Lady of Margate Furtive Dalliance Issue #2, Summer 2018

"There is a Light" Furtive Dalliance Issue #2, Summer 2018

"Anniversary" Furtive Dalliance  Issue #2, Summer 2018

"Caught" Furtive Dalliance Issue #2, Summer 2018

"Gone" Barren Magazine Issue 2, 2018

"Flying with the Crows" Plum Tree Tavern December 30, 2018

"Kereru Dawn"  Plum Tree Tavern January 6, 2019

"Maybe Today" The Drabble December 28 2018

Found poems in Moonchild Magazine  Issue #5 July 2019

"Russian Jack" The Copperfield Review June 18, 2019

"Wolf Moon" New Reader Magazine Vol 2, Issue 6 June 2019

"Birds with Stone Hearts" NZ Poetry Society "A Fine Line" Autumn 2020. 

Haiku in Echidna Tracks Issue 5 2020 August 27, 2020

"Lost in Iceland" Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. Issue #45 January 2021. 

"Quercus (Oak)" Ngā Rip Wai: Swirling Waters - A Kerikeri Anthology. Pavlova Press, 2021

"Pyrus communis (Pear Tree)" Ngā Rip Wai: Swirling Waters - A Kerikeri Anthology. Pavlova Press, 2021

THE BATTLE OF THE HYDASPES (poem) 

We fly through fields
of scarlet poppy and yellow mustard,
above, silent wings keep pace
with your galloping stride,
as we ride the night sky before we ride tomorrow’s storm
.

Carried by a bittersweet wind, your breathless soul
sees what I can only imagine, 
blood-red battlefields of the Gods.

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Anthologies &

Contests

Anthologies


“Lamentation” , The Brave & The Afraid Annual Anthology - University of Iowa. Moving the Margins 2018.

Two Highly Commended poems – “Four Photographs & Land Soared Over by The Hawk” in The Weight of Blankets at Night. New Zealand Poetry Society 2019. 

"60 km south west of Aleppo". Stay Well Here. New Zealand Poetry Society 2020.

Contests


First Prize NZ Poetry Society International Competition 2020 - Haiku section and awarded the Jeanette Stace Memorial Award

First Prize. Whangarei Libraries (NZ) Flash Fiction contest 2019

Whangarei Libraries (NZ) Flash Fiction contest - Third Prize. 2017.

Longlisted Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize 2018 (Canada). 

Longlisted Raven Short Story Contest 2018 (Canada).

Highly Commended for Lands Soared Over by the Hawk; and Four Photographs. NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition 2019. 

Longlisted Raven Short Story Contest 2019 (Canada)

Runner-up Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest March 2020 (Canada)

Another year at the beach (poem)

January clings to your hair. A fly-stuck-in-molasses heat stretching skin porcelain pale, cracked from the winter in your bones. You swim to an island yet to be named. A dog waits – he has no name – on a beach with your board shorts, custard clouds circling above. 

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Blog Posts

From Sydney slum to…

I'm going to start introducing the characters in On Jacaranda Street, the second

When you have an animal detective in your novel!

I spoke too soon. I said I had nearly finished On Jacaranda Street two

An editor’s life: a year’s worth of books

The week before Christmas, and I'm about to wrap up On Jacaranda Street

When you have almost finished your novel

I've reached the final hurdle, and I can't tell you how exciting that

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