Picton historical author Jenny MacDonald says her favourite stories are the ones about people because they "bring them back to life".
Mrs MacDonald finished off her third collection of stories about the town, Picton Memories 3, with a book signing at the Union Parish Church attended by about 70 people on Saturday.
It will be the last collection of stories, which were originally published in the Seaport News, and is available to be borrowed from the Picton Library and is for sale at Take Note on High St with the earlier works.
"I like the ones about people because they bring them back to me, I like remembering the people and the way they were," Mrs MacDonald said, surrounded by books in her Picton living room.
"But I wouldn't write anything that would upset anybody."
When pushed to pick a favourite story, she pointed out one about former residents Kay Buckner and Thelma Walshe, who were old friends.
"They were both wonderful people, but there's been so many."
People had asked her to write stories for them but she always declined. "I've just said, I'm sorry but it's got to come from myself, it's got to be something I have remembered."
Now 90, Mrs MacDonald first arrived from Scotland at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, in 1946 and moved to Picton in 1947. The Picton Memories series is made up of about 300 stories on the people, places and events that have made Picton what it is today.
She stopped writing the stories for the paper earlier this year, shortly before it came under new ownership.
The changeover came at the right time for her and was an appropriate place to bring things to a close.
"It's been one of my pleasures in life and I've enjoyed writing them all. I just kept writing the stories and then there was enough for another one, but I can tell you for sure there won't be a fourth," she said. "I've come to the end of my tether."
Mrs MacDonald has also written a collection of stories based on her memories of her Scottish birthplace, St Monans: Cherished Memories of a Boat Building and Fishing Village in the East Neuk of Fife.
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