Romantic writing dream
Could the next big thing in romance novels come straight from the heart of Tuturau?
Tuturau mother-of-four Kirsty Wright has entered an international romance writing competition by publishing house Harlequin and Mills and Boon in the hope of getting a publishing deal.
Her entry, Anna's Cowboy, tells the story of a young female who returns to run her family farm only to find a handsome stranger has taken her place. The story is based just out of Auckland, where she grew up, however the rolling hills of Tuturau served an inspirational purpose in her writing, she said.
More than 400 people from across the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand have entered, but as far as she was aware, she was the only person from Eastern Southland, she said.
Fourteen new authors were published as a result of the same competition last year, so it was a huge opportunity, she said.
Writing was something she had always wanted to do and she has had some short stories published in magazines, she said.
She also has another novel on the go, a young adult book partly set in Southland.
"You know how some people have imaginary friends? Well it's a bit like that for me. My characters are like my imaginary friends, only I take it a step further and create entire worlds for them. I'm a complete dreamer."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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