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  • Come on a tour of my writing shed!

    Come on a tour of my writing shed!

      People often ask me about where I write, and I end up talking about my writing shed, a little oasis of calm in the garden of my home in Auckland. It's decorated with a dog's breakfast of art, mementoes and various bits and pieces, and it has way too many distractions, but it's inspiring to me and a wonderful place to dream up...
  • Cover reveal: Children of the Rush

    Cover reveal: Children of the Rush

    Without further ado, here's the cover (and the back cover) for my new book, Children of the Rush.    It has been so exciting writing a new series, and trying something totally different - historical fiction. The gold mining history in New Zealand is fascinating - just imagine thousands of people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a precious metal buried in...
  • Download your free copy of The First Defender!

    Download your free copy of The First Defender!

    Have you ever wondered what living on a paradise island would be like? The First Defender – a short novel which you can download for free – includes one of the stories from the diary of Flynn and Paddy’s mother. Long before they were born, when she was just a girl – and the only child on The Island – she had some pretty...
  • Writing the first pages

    Writing the first pages

    Recently I was asked about my process for writing the first pages of my novels to help promote the First Pages Prize - a great competition where writers can submit the first 1250 words of their novel for a chance at some pretty amazing prizes. It was a good opportunity to examine the process a little more closely. Here are my responses. Question: Thanks for...

Louise Ward

Wardini Books and RNZ critic

"The plot is thrilling, the setting at once idyllic and dangerous. Readers will be inspired to leave their devices and see what they can see from the top of a tree, to go outside, look for dragons, and have adventures as breathtaking as Paddy, Flynn and Briar."

Adele Broadbent


"Part 3 in this heart-pounding adventure is sure to please Dragon Defenders fans. An Unfamiliar Place pounds the young brothers with new challenges, but with their feathered accomplice (Lightning the falcon) along for the ride, they battle through and never give up! The story stands on its own but the digital side of this great Kiwi series is a wonderful bonus. Loved it!"

Charlotte McKay

Judge, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

"Told at a rip-roaring pace with feats of incredible daring, masterful guile, and heart-stopping action. This is the book the fans have been waiting for!"

Eileen Merriman

award-winning author of A Trio of Sophies and Pieces of You

"A fast-paced action adventure that will have readers hanging on until the last page."

Tom E. Moffatt

award-winning author of Barking Mad and Mind-Swapping Madness

"An earth-shattering adventure of seismic proportions. You might need to feign sickness so you can finish it in one sitting."

Jenna Todd

NZ Book Awards Judge, Time Out Books manager

"I had so much fun reading this. It’s a rollicking adventure with a loveable cast of brave heroes."
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