Writ­ers launch lo­cal books

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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