Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Immigrating to New Zealand
Immigrating to New Zealand was one of the inspirations that led me to writing my novel, True Deception, a romantic suspense, published by Robert Hale Ltd.
The story is set on the wild west coast of the South Island- a place that is often described as New Zealand's last frontier because of the long stretches of wild coastline, the pounding surf, and the mystical Paparoa mountains.
In True Deception, the heroine, Kelly Anderson, is Scottish, like myself, and many of her impressions of New Zealand are actually my own. However, that's where the likeness ends as she's on a mission and she hates cops. And did I mention she rides a Triumph Tiger motorbike?
The hero, Mike McKenna, is a cop, but not just any cop. He's loyal, he's dedicated to his job and he cares about people. He arrests the heroine as soon as she arrives in town. Conflict? Plenty of it.
But back to immigrating. What makes people leave their homeland for another country, especially one at the other side of the world?
I think it is the adventure and the challenge. And the hope of a better life. Perhaps I ought to confess that in my case love had a lot to do with it. Just like in my novel, True Deception.
Loren Teague - www.lorenteague.co.nz