Hair salon the basis for first novel
Sandra Knight always knew she had a novel in her. She just had to meet her characters first.
Knight’s first novel, Benefits, was launched Porirua Library last week.
Knight drew inspiration for the mystery novel, set in a suburban hair salon, from her 17 years’ experience owning one in Wellington.
She said she mixed in a bit of truth about her experiences over the years with the characters she created.
‘‘It’s amazing how you remember the stories,’’ she said.
Although it was years in the making, it wasn’t Knight’s first attempt at reaching an audience – as a child she dabbled with playwriting. Fringe at the
‘‘I wrote a play once and got all the kids in the neighbourhood to be in it.’’
Knight, who said she enjoyed reading Rosemary Pilcher novels, said her husband Terry edited the book.
She said she found joining a writing group had been hugely beneficial in honing her writing and getting her book ready to self-publish.
After working on the novel on and off for almost 10 years, Knight was proud to have her hands on the finished product. ‘‘I never thought it would happen.’’ Her advice for other aspiring writers was simple – seek the feedback of others and be willing to take it on board.
‘‘You’ve got to be prepared to take some advice or criticism.’’