Maternity Leave

It’s my first day of maternity leave – or rather the first day where I’m off work and my colleagues are not. Briefly I look at my watch and imagine my classroom, my students, and what they might be doing; then I forget all about them. The heater and the AC in my car have […]

Back on track

In 2013, real life – money, work, visas – got in the way of writing. It was all good positive stuff; NZ residency (yay!), finishing a teaching qualification, getting more responsibility at my day job – but none of it left much time in the day for what I always have and always will, really […]

Una vida extraordinaria

The cinema in Lima is much cheaper than in NZ. When we discovered this it seemed silly not to go and check out a movie or two. And it turns out that most movies here have subtitles (which I love), rather than are dubbed (which I hate). We looked at the list of what´s playing; […]

Researching food

How do you create a sense of place when writing? There are many ways but I´m sure a very important one is through food. My second novel is currently weak on this point. While it is not set in a specific country, I want it to be recognisably Latin American. I´ve spent time in lots […]