During September and October 2013 I spent six weeks as writer in residence at Waterfall Bay, a beautiful secluded spot in the Marlborough Sounds where I worked on a second collection Stories Bodies Tell and a third novel Wait for Me. Shortly after arriving I fell into a daily rhythm of writing, walking, thinking, reading and writing again. In the evenings I recorded in the attached notebook, a gift from a friend, my reflections on reading for pleasure and reading for research purposes, observations about adapting to a bush-clad landscape and extreme weather patterns, and insights into the benefits of abandoning regular life for a while to focus solely on the work of writing. My first experience of a residency has convinced me to apply for others. First, though, I must unpack then revisit the words I wrote at the bay.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
In July 2013 Editions PRISMA (France) published Des vies derriere soi, the French edition of Lives we Leave Behind, which Penguin (NZ) released in October 2012. The French edition came about after Debra Millar gave Penguin’s French agent a copy of the NZ version of my novel at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. The agent loved the book and worked hard to place it with a French publisher. It’s been a real thrill to have my fiction translated for the first time.