Porirua author a believer in love
‘‘I thought love was only true in fairy tales … meant for someone else, but not for me.’’ So goes the old song.
But life had a surprise in store for Porirua’s Susan Holt when she finally fell in love at 39. Then she truly became a believer.
Now, not only is she living her dreams of love, she’s writing about them.
‘‘It’s never too late. For love or for your dreams. Never give up.’’
Holt is releasing her first novel on May 30 and yes, it’s a romance. Catching the Last Tram is a magical story with a smattering of mystery, as the lonely heroine Beth has to work out what’s going on before she can finally find her true love … and all on public transport.
Holt attributes the creation of her book to her husband, Robert. ‘‘I couldn’t have done it without him. He’s my greatest fan and my enabler par excellence.’’
What song did she sing at the wedding? Yes: I’m a Believer.
The idea for the book came from a dream Holt had in 2001. Possibly feverinduced, she woke up with the story fully formed in her mind and hopped out of bed to madly scribble down nine pages of the details she could remember.
But it wasn’t until after she was married that she had the time and tools to develop the idea.
After years in administration jobs she was delighted to finally be able to work fulltime on her passions: writing and act- ing.
It also allowed her to enjoy regular walks along the beautiful Camborne walkway to the gym and back.
The book is a wonderful example of Wellington’s creative collaboration, with cover designer TessaBaty.com, printer YourBooks.com and artist Robyn Hall, who is hosting the book launch party at her gallery in Plimmerton.
The paperback will be available in bookstores and as a Kindle e-book (on Amazon) from May 30. More details can be found at www.susanholt.org
Author Susan Holt ttributes the creation of her book to her husband, Robert.