Like everyone else, I have been feeling extremely troubled since the mosque attacks in Christchurch last week. I’ve been silenced into grief, anger, and disbelief that something like this could have happened at all, let alone in our little plot of paradise in the bottom of the world, and to our people.
When I first started writing, the prospect of creating a pen name was enough to get me jumping with anticipation. Finally! An opportunity to give myself a more exciting last name than the one I was born with, or the complicated unhyphenated, double-barrelled one I decided to adopt through marriage.