Monthly Archives: October 2015


It’s all hands to the pump as details are finalised for the publication of Twister early in December. Mākaro Press is producing a hard-copy edition. Yesterday author Jane Woodham and I met with Caroline Davies who puts out the generous, celebratory Dunedin ezine Down in Edin, to discuss the photo/stories we might tell about this mystery set in the city; about the curious path Jane’s followed to arrive at writing in general and Twister in particular; and about this publisher currently nestling back into the newest Unesco City of Literature.

Meanwhile I decided it’s time to put my memoir Digging for Spain back into circulation. I’m selling it for NZD 8. I have a few hard copies available too.

Feeling a bit twisted myself this morning, fixing a gazillion small things, I decided to see if the rat was around …

Rat twister

Twister forecast

Just when you’d be entitled to think that our PR rat had shuffled on to greener pastures, I find recent evidence of his continued existence. Hard to tell where he is exactly but  I feel sure he’s warbling merrily about the soon-to-be-published novel set in Dunedin one sultry late summer when sinister events are heralded and underscored by a tornado ripping through the city. (All too likely in the current weather weirdness.)

Rat sarongHere’s a little piece of the cover image. More will be unveiled in the coming weeks, along with the facts. For now, title: Twister. Author, Jane Woodham of Dunedin. Genre: multiple. Calling it ‘a mystery’ covers several bases. Available: from November.

Twister morsel
Cover art by Rob West, design by Caroline Pope

In the near future we’ll introduce you to Jane, find out about the writing of Twister, and see what else she gets up to. Meanwhile, you can read entertaining accounts of her trek through the editing process here.