Porirua au­thor a be­liever in love

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‘‘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.

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