• Bad Oil
    and the Animals

    Sixteen-year old Heidi always dreamed of being a society photographer for the rich and famous. Instead, her first film project plunges her into a world of subterfuge as she joins Read More
  • Author
    LP Hansen

    Bad Oil and the Animals had its beginnings somewhere in the author’s own childhood and refused to rest until written down. But first came Socks, a story on homelessness that Read More
  • An Unexpected
    Hero

    What could be worse, Matt Turner wonders, than having to leave your parents, friends and the buzz of big city life for a remote rural school that’s so small it Read More
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David Hill

‘Linda Hansen’s novel is a mischievous, affectionate story of a very likeable, very credible young boy, who startles everyone, including himself, by what he proves himself able to do.'
 

David Hill
David Hill, author of ‘My Brother’s War’, winner of both the Junior Fiction and the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction: NZ Post Awards, 2013 NZ

Ruth Paul

‘Linda Hansen cleverly exposes a hidden tale of wartime New Zealand exposed within a gripping contemporary story. Great reading!’

Ruth Paul
Ruth Paul, author/illustrator of many award-winning books including ‘The King’s Bubbles’ which won the NZ Post Children’s Choice Picture Book Award 2008

Barbara Murison

'This is one of those books where you only have to read one page and you are hooked. The story is set in the present but the reader ends up knowing a great deal about what happened to so many New Zealanders one hundred years ago.'

Barbara Murison
Barbara Murison, working with children, people and books since 1950. Member New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors

Okay, I'm definitely a mature author. I've always made my living through writing, mostly on topics others might find dull. Literally millions of well-researched and informative words have poured out from me over the years for government departments, newspapers, voluntary organisations, training groups and more - you get the picture. This writing has kept food on my table and clothes on my back and I've never regretted it - but no one has ever really noticed it.

Last year, purely for pleasure, I wrote my first children's book, 20,000 words of fact-based adventure for 7-12 year olds. It was launched in December: 'An Unexpected Hero,' published by CreateBooks Publishing, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Suddenly, I'm a WRITER! Readers are noticing my work! My book is getting reviewed! People feel compelled to express their opinions on my storytelling - all good so far, thankfully.

Family and friends go out of their way to tell me, 'Hey, I really like your book - I bought it for my son/daughter/school/grandchildren but thought I'd read it first and couldn't put it down.' They use words like page-turner, riveting.

I'm stunned! It's embarrassing! Almost half a century of painstaking research and writing on politics and other demanding topics has brought me a mere fraction of this attention.

Some soul-searching is needed here - am I deceiving myself? Have I been masquerading as an adult all this time? My children's adventure story was a delight to write, felt like no trouble at all. The characters were familiar to me. I knew just what they'd say and how they'd act. It's alarming.

Yes, the book has some interesting topics - a boy inspired to respond to hardship differently after learning about New Zealand's most famous conscientious objector from World War One, Archie Baxter (father of famous Kiwi poet James K. Baxter).

It's set in a remote rural area with a two-teacher school, some clued-up cows, a scrabble-playing cat and a curmudgeonly old soldier.

But I still feel like a fraud when people interview me and ask me searching questions. 'What inspires you... Where do you get your ideas... How do you discipline yourself to write...?'

The truth is, I have to discipline myself to STOP writing. I would happily scribble right through the night if I didn't have to sleep. I suspect I'm simply indulging myself and having fun with this storytelling for children, but think I'd better keep that from my Publisher and potential reviewers.

I'm deeply into writing my next book, you see.