Like the volcanic ash erupting from Stromboli and carried on winds across far oceans, my father and his family arrived in Island Bay, Wellington in 1923.
The journey from Italy in those days was long and thwart with discomfort and doubts. After a long period their lives settled down and the circle of life continued.
My writing journey shares similarities; caste off- shore, sinking or swimming, uncertainty as to what the future holds and whether the effort is worthwhile.
While my Italian side has given me creativity and a colourful upbringing, it is the New Zealand connection that has influenced my writing; culture, environment, education and adventure.
Diving, caving, hiking and biking provided exciting writing prospects resulting in commissioned work in Sri Lanka, Fiji (Berlitz Pocket Guide to Fiji 2009) Papua New Guinea and parts of Europe. The published work began appearing in travel, adventure, inflight magazines and in various coffee table books such as Guide to the World’s Best Wreck Dives (New Holland) and The World’s Best Dive Sites.
My teaching career lead me to focus on writing for children. Learning Media’s School Journals provided possibilities I had never considered and I wrote with a feverish compulsion before dipping my toes in the illusive trade-book market with the very successful Girls in the Kapahaka, The Woven Flax kete and Farmyard Idol.
Since moving to Hamurana on the shores of Lake Rotorua I have found myself drawn to the local landscapes for inspiration, and on those days when the words don’t come, I wander beneath the giant Redwoods, gaze into the crystal-clear water of Hamurana Springs and let the spirit and mythology of the area provoke me into returning home and putting pen to paper.
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