A collection of short stories. This year I have been making quilts. While I was doing it I thought writing a story was a bit like patchwork. Instead of placing fabric into a design, a writer uses words, which are fashioned to intrigue and interest a reader, just as a quilt intrigues and warms its owner.
And so Patched Words came about – words put together, stitched and sewn into stories, to warm or delight or surprise.
This is my sixth published book and my first collection of short stories. I review books for Radio New Zealand and I also work as a manuscript assessor. My first two books were biographies and then I wrote a children’s book which was such fun but hard work too. A novel after that and then I had a commission to write about the Union Steam Ship Company Cadet Scheme from 1952-1986. What bliss I had to interview lots of sailors!