Rotorua Library is excited to present this winter series of online author interviews, Rotorua Matangi Rau: Stories of Rotorua. Each event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.
Our first event in this series is an interview conducted by Rotorua Lakes Council Performing Arts Director, Cian Elyse White who talks to author J.P. Pomare.
J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer and host of the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and won Best First Novel at the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards and has recently been shortlisted for the ABIA award for New Writer of the Year. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife.
His second novel In the Clearing has been on the Neilsen NZ bestseller list since it's December 2019 release.
In the clearing
Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.
Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.
As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town's dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.
Call me EvieJ.P. Pomare
Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.
In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.
Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?