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Anna Mackenzie

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Anna Mackenzie wrote her first book aged 6, but spent a while roaming through other jobs before returning to writing fiction. Now that she has, she can't imagine doing anything else!
Her nine titles have won her seven CLF Notable Book Awards, an NZ Post Honour Award, Sir Julius Vogel Award, White Raven, and more. Her latest title, Evie's War, tells the story of a young New Zealander who works in the medical services in the UK, Belgium and France during WWI.
Anna writes contemporary, historic and speculative fiction for adults and young adults. She lives on a farm in New Zealand.
You can read more about Anna at http://www.annamackenzieauthor.com/

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Anna Mackenzie 'Donnel's Promise' is the sequel to 'Cattra's Legacy', so the characters, and to some extent the story arc, were already established.
I wrote it in a…more
'Donnel's Promise' is the sequel to 'Cattra's Legacy', so the characters, and to some extent the story arc, were already established.
I wrote it in a number of places - Belgium, where I had a writing residency, and in airplanes, trains and temporary abodes in England, Scotland and the US, as well as at home in New Zealand. Each place added something to the book, offering up background texture, settings, or moments of insight. (less)
Anna Mackenzie I don't suffer writer's block, I suffer writer's unblock - I never seem to have enough time!
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I don't suffer writer's block, I suffer writer's unblock - I never seem to have enough time!
But my advice for anyone who struggles with this is to return to the beginning and edit your way through (don't just read it - hone it!). By the time you reach the sticking point, you should know where you're going next. If not, read through again, looking for a wrong turn. Don't ever be afraid to use that delete key.(less)
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Cattra's Legacy (Cattra's L...

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The Sea-Wreck Stranger

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Evie's War

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Ebony Hill

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High Tide

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Out on the Edge

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Finder's Shore

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Shadow of the Mountain

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Evie's War by Anna Mackenzie
"Written as a diary by a young New Zealand girl setting out on a trip to England and Europe in 1914, this book is initially quite simplistic and naive. However, as Evie becomes involved in the war as a nurse, first in England and later in France, s..." Read more of this review »
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"A diary style account of a your woman who volunteers as a nurse through the years of the first world war. It examines the role of women at the time and the social change that took place. It also makes the reader aware of the horrors of war. This c..." Read more of this review »
Evie's War by Anna Mackenzie
"This is the tale of seventeen year old (?) Evie, a New Zealand girl on a vacation in Europe when the Great War breaks out. Her and her family stay with some extended family in Britain for the expanse of the war. Evie starts of slowly, knitting, fu..." Read more of this review »
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