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Writer Retreats

Here are some great writing retreats that we have discovered in our travels, that have inspired authors and photographers – hopefully they will inspire you as well! We will continue to add to this page as we discover more amazing places. Where are your favourites?

Broad Bay, Dunedin, NZ
Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ

Blood Moon

Waiheke Island, NZ – Easter 2015, we were fortunate enough to catch the ‘Blood Moon’ total luna eclipse when on the island recently. While we waited and watched this amazing six hour event (of which the eclipse was only a few minutes), I was thinking “I wonder how many fantastic story lines will be composed around the world by people watching this?” Hopefully these photos will help someone out there who missed the eclipse!

Slowly the –
full moon –
disappeared –
nearly gone ….
…then the blood moon showed up…

Virginia Innes-Jones – Author’s Bio

VIJ Bio Photo


Virginia is a born and bred New Zealander of Scottish and Maori (Ngai Tahu) descent and has always loved writing since she could pick up a pen. From the age of five, she kept a journal and today almost half a century later is still practising this ritual religiously. She uses her inquisitive mind, ever packed with constant curiosity and imagination, complimented with ideas, to create and write.

She is a coach, mentor, inspirational speaker and like her forebear Robert Louis Stevenson, she is a natural Tusitala ‘Teller of Tales’, with a fabulous fascination for the unseen and unexplained, the other worlds – the land of fairytale.

Virginia and her family have lived in the islands of the South Pacific – Western Samoa and the Cook Islands (Rarotonga) off and on for the last 25 years resulting in her strong connection with Pasifika and Maori. Through her Scottish and Samoan cultural links, she has followed closely in retracing the footsteps of her ancestor Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish ‘Tusitala’ by spending a lot of time in his birth place of Scotland and in his resting place of Western Samoa.

Member of New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)

Member of New Zealand Poets Society (NZPS)



Book Launch

Here is our first book ready for the world!

Virginia has delivered us all a wonderful collection of stories and verse that young and old will thoroughly enjoy, interspersed with inspiring photography from Edward, like me I’m sure you will fall in love with this gem of a book:


FFF Book Cover

Fabulous Faerie Folk

By Virginia Innes-Jones

Illustrated By Edward Hughes


This Uniquely illustrated collection of Faerie Folk stories will inspire and transport you into other parallel worlds. As they say you CAN have the best of both worlds.

The secret is ‘to be’ and to live in the now, to enjoy and capture a slice of this uplifting and captivating other world, allowing this to live on inside of you.

So come with me and travel to this world that lies so very close to you and within us all.

Copies only NZ$25 plus postage & packaging

Special release offer of five copies for only NZ$99!

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