Real in­ci­dent ba­sis of teacher’s novel

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Whi­tireia cre­ative writ­ing tu­tor and Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent Adri­enne Jansen has pub­lished her fourth novel.

A Line of Sight tells the story of the fa­tal shoot­ing of a cannabis grower on farm­land in a small com­mu­nity.

‘‘It takes its start from a real-life in­ci­dent, which makes it par­tic­u­larly vivid, Jansen said.’’

She sat on the idea for a long time be­fore de­cid­ing to use it as a start­ing point for a novel.

‘‘I was in­ter­ested in what hap­pens to com­mu­ni­ties faced with this sort of sit­u­a­tion, how they’re ei­ther driven apart or pulled to­gether by it.

‘‘I’ve writ­ten it over a long pe­riod as it’s been a dif­fi­cult novel to get right.

‘‘You start writ­ing a novel and it of­ten goes some­where else, and this story cer­tainly did.’’

Jansen was the found­ing co­or­di­na­tor of the Whi­tireia cre­ative writ­ing pro­gramme, which pub­lishes work by writ­ers as­so­ci­ated with Whi­tireia.

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