Modern technology boon for authors
Distance was no issue for a local woman who wrote a science fiction novel with a brother she has not seen in 20 years.
Presbyterian Support worker Fleur Lind and her retired brother, Lloyd Hopkins, wrote and edited their time travel novel A Timely Dream together, using emails, text messages and Facebook messages.
Lind says although she has not seen Hopkins, who lives in New South Wales, for 20 years, the pair are very close.
Both are science fiction fans and had begun writing the book - which is set in a rest home - for their own enjoyment.
"By the time we were halfway into it, I felt like we couldn't just keep it to ourselves," she said.
Lind said she and Hopkins paid publishers Austin Macauley "a small contribution" to publish the book.
It had sold nine copies from its sole New Zealand stockist, Timaru shop The Notebook, since it went on sale last week. Lind said four had been bought by the Timaru Public Library.
The publishers are reading the manuscript for a second book in their proposed trilogy, she said.
The Timaru Herald