Writers launch local books
Talented South Waikato writers have launched their names into the book world.
Tokoroa- based writer Cherie Pascoe has introduced her own written and self published book Through the Dust.
Her own story started in South Africa where she wrote features for a newspaper.
‘‘I love being able to teach people about things,’’ she said. A passion for writing and the followers of her features inspired her to continue.
Zimbabwean born Pascoe said the process began 12 years ago in South Africa.
It took two years to fine tune the book and after many rejection letters from publishers she decided to produce hard copies herself on Amazon.
The ideas of her debut novel came from stories of her family’s ancestors.
The main character, Elizabeth Holbrook, was based on a story her husband’s uncle had told her. The story follows Elizabeth who is reunited with her childhood friend while they are in the era of the discovery of gold in South Africa.
Another South Waikato name launching into the book world is Lichfield resident, 21 year-old Ana Patterson.
Patterson created her children’s book Kippa’s Aotearoa Adventure with illustrator Alexandra Bowers Mason and writer Dave Shaw.
The idea started in a Putaruru College classroom in Patterson’s seventh form year.
It was part of bussiness studies but the project was never finished but she believed the book would do well.
‘‘I always thought there was potential,’’ she said.
Although Patterson worked on it with her high school friend, she was determined to finish it and began working with it early last year. The activity and story-based book was launched last month and Patterson has already sold 100 copies to schools.
PROUD KIWIS: Ana Patterson, left, and illustrator Alexandra Bowers Mason are proud of their efforts in creating the book.