Re­tirees proud to pen books

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - JENNY LING

The books couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent - two are chil­dren’s sto­ries about fairies and bugs, while the other is his­tor­i­cal fact.

But both writ­ers couldn’t be more chuffed at hav­ing their works pub­lished in their re­tire­ment years.

Friends Mag­gie [Meg] Ran­dall, 74, and Paul Rose, 78, both live at the Oakridge Vil­las re­tire­ment vil­lage in Kerik­eri.

Ran­dall, a for­mer book keeper, says she was ‘‘thrilled to bits’’ to get her first books pub­lished. Ran­dall’s book

started out as a one page story for her grand daugh­ter Lau­ryn and ended up as a 35,000 word book. The story of ‘‘the lit­tle girl who lives in Leaftown who is a prob­lem solver for hu­mans and fairies’’, proved to be a hit.

was writ­ten for her grand­son Freddy.

‘‘He [Freddy] asked if I would write sto­ries for him about bugs and he gave me a list of 23. I said I can’t do sto­ries about all of these, and he said ‘do your best granny’. So I chose 12.’’

Rose was a lec­turer in mar­ket­ing for around 30 years at var­i­ous ter­tiary in­sti­tutes in­clud­ing Auck­land Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute and Whi­tireia Polytech­nic.

The first book he had pub­lished was on ba­sic mar­ket­ing in 1980, which was fol­lowed by 12 other publi­ca­tions about mar­ket­ing, sales, ad­ver­tis­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions.

He ‘‘ran away to Kerik­eri to re­tire’’, and be­gan work­ing on his lat­est book

about a year

ago.

‘‘I came to Kerik­eri and there was noth­ing that showed me the link be­tween all the places in the Bay. So I started do­ing some re­search.’’

The 17 chap­ter, self-pub­lished book is ‘‘an im­por­tant easy read’’, he says.

Ran­dall is no stranger to the writ­ing process ei­ther; she’s been pen­ning sto­ries since she was four, wrote plays in school and church, and sto­ries for friends and other chil­dren.

She writes now ‘‘to keep busy’’.

‘‘I think when you get to our age you have to keep your brain mov­ing and I don’t in­tend to let my brain slide.’’ and are avail­able at Ama­zon and on Kin­dle.

is avail­able at Kerik­eri and Pai­hia book­shops, the Kerik­eri Stone Store, Auck­land Mu­seum and Ama­zon.

Paul Rose and Mag­gie Ran­dall are stoked with their newly pub­lished books.

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