Genre: Romantic/Crime Mystery
Published Books: The Night Of The Moonflower; Dragonfly
Poppy Mann is a contender for this year's Ngaio Marsh Awards. We asked her some questions ahead of her appearance on the panel at 'Murder in the Library' at Rotorua Library on Saturday 5 May.
What turned you to a life of crime (writing)?
I have always been interested in writing stories, not necessarily specifically about crime but it is always present in my books.
Were you always destined to be a writer?
I believe I was always destined to be a writer and have always written stories and saved them for when the time was right for me to concentrate on writing full time.
Can you tell us about the most interesting 'other' job you have had?
It is hard to pinpoint my most interesting job as I have done so many interesting things in my life. My original profession was a fashion designer in Melbourne which eventually brought me to New Zealand as a designer of lingerie and sportswear. But I was also the wife of a military diplomat, living in the Far East for several years and when my husband retired from the army, I set up 3 Restaurants here in Rotorua. I also tutored in Fashion at the then Waiariki Polytech. All interesting jobs!
In my spare time I...do crochet, knit and study art history.
What are your top tips for aspiring authors?
Advice I would give aspiring writers is to join a creative writing group and listen carefully to the advice you will get from other published authors, and treat your writing as a job, organising your time accordingly. There are rules to writing that need to be followed if you want to be successful and self discipline is one of the most important factors for finishing your novel.
What book are you reading at the moment?
At present I am reading a biography of the Mitford sisters, Take Six Girls by Laura Thompson. Fascinating women who have inspired several writings and documentaries.
Can you tell us about your next project?
My next project which I have almost completed is a novel set in Melbourne in the 1940s and present time. It is slightly paranormal as it is a crime story with a ghostly twist. When this is finished, I am keen to write a short story about a Chinese vase that is nagging at my brain.
What are you looking forward to about Rotorua Noir (in January 2019)?
I am looking forward to Rotorua to interact with other authors and inform the public of the wonderful facility we have in the Rotorua Library with its up to date purchase of great books, both fiction and non fiction in the noir crime genre.
What do you love most about Rotorua?
I love Rotorua for its beautiful surroundings and the convenience of living in a smaller city with all necessary amenities close at hand. I consider it was one of the best kept New Zealand secrets now being discovered by more and more newcomers who also are appreciating the benefits of living here. Hopefully we will get our international airport up and running again and even more hopefully, a train service to Auckland.
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