I was always an avid reader as a child and began to make up stories of my own and wrote them for my own enjoyment. I also had an interest in fashion and after leaving school, became an apprentice fashion designer in Melbourne going on to design for one of the top Australian fashion houses. This career finally brought me to New Zealand, designing for a company here in Wellington where I eventually met my future husband, a serving army officer. After accompanying him on several overseas postings we finally settled in Rotorua where we opened three restaurants using my training as a chef in Paris and a switch in careers working in the emerging food industry.
It was many years later that I wrote my first full length novel based on a newspaper article that I had read in a French newspaper. I submitted it to Harpers/Collins who replied immediately expressing an interest in it, but finally didn’t publish it. I still like the story and intend to self publish it soon.
I tend to write romantic mysteries, more along the lines of Danielle Steel and Nicola Thorne. I concentrate on the story line and try to keep things moving to keep the reader interested.
I have three more books rattling around in my head that need to be put into print but would feature The Night Of The Moonflower as my favourite at present. It was written over a period of several years as life intervened and was based on a lot of my own experiences living in Indonesia. However it is a work of fiction. I have almost completed writing the sequel after being implored to keep the enigmatic anti hero Jan Van Hendryks in print.
I do plot, but the characters seem to take over and change my best laid plans occasionally. I always write in the 3rd person, but may one day I will write in the 1st person to write my book of family memoirs. I try to edit as I write, but do seek professional help for final edit. I write for people who like a good story with a few twists here and there, a bit of mystery and of course a conflicted romance! This book is a great read!
I am now self publishing with professional help. I will promote my books on my Poppy Mann Facebook website and my books will be available on Amazon. You will also find Poppy’s book here with other new releases.
Favourite authors? So many excellent writers in all genres today. Isabelle Allende, Deborah Challinor, Rani Manicka, Mary Lovell, Lisa See, Fanny Flagg, Julia Stewart, Anne Rule, Peter James. Jeffrey Archer, Lynwood Barclay etc.etc.
As I read at least three full length books a week, fiction and non fiction, the list goes on with new favourites being added to the list.
I am a member Of the Romance Writers of New Zealand and have great respect and admiration for the writing talents and friendship of my fellow members. We have some great story tellers here that deserve to be read world wide.