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Sharks With Lipstick – Cover Design Approved!

Here is a teaser for our new book “Sharks With Lipstick” by Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes.

The first book in their Trinty Trilogy, which follows three friends, Sven, Clara & Freya’s chaotic misadventures in their professional and personal lives.

SWL ePub Cover_Mark

The art work has been approved and we are pleased to showcase their design, with the book to be launched any moment!

Interview – Ted Hughes

Tēnā koe e hoa, welcome Ted and thank you for speaking with us. How has your collaboration been working with Hinemura on your latest project?

Fantastic! What an inspiring Wahine to work with. Her comedic talents and unique insights have been a revelation for me. I’m hugely excited with the whole Trinity Trilogy project and where it’s heading.


What inspires you to write?

Hopefully what I write inspires other people to break free of the mundanity of their fragmented lives and that it brings a smile to their face and perhaps a new perspective and hope in this crazy world.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

A romantic comedy is completely outside of my comfort zone so I find it a real challenge and the process involves uncovering different sides to my personality.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Hugely important as to make fiction believable there has to be some basis in reality so that the reader can identify with the story line.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

IN my teens after reading some particularly poorly written novels and thinking surely I can do better than this.

How often do you write?

Spasmodically as I always find life throws a spanner in the works.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, computer or longhand?

Computers because my handwriting is so atrocious, I could never read it.

A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?

It depends on which author you meet. And in what social setting. The creative process can be so overwhelming that the social niceties are often overlooked.

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

IN my opinion, NO. Their message is far more important and a good editor and proof reader can massage the best text to make it flow.

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?

I pay someone to do it as I don’t have time for the grammatical niceties. Maybe someday there will be an app for that.

What do you enjoy outside of writing?

My photography, the natural world, and reading a good damn book and listening to an eclectic range of music.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Starting. But once I get going, try and stop me. I find it hard to stop.

Have you ever left any of your books to stew for months on end or even a year?

Sometimes years on end. I have a number of unfinished works in progress.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

This is one of the crucial aspects of writing a book is coming up with a title that grabs your attention and a cover that captures the eye.

Do your novels carry a message?

Yes, they certainly do. Try not to take life so seriously, because ‘life is for living’ and don’t get too caught up in the detail.

Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first collaborative novel?

So many times. Sometimes the conflict of ideas of how characters and plot lines progress within my own mind let alone someone else’s can leave you wondering how to pull the whole thing together. However, a bit of perspective, and the occasional bottle of bubbles can do wonders and to bring some humour back to the situation.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

Yes, I’m very excited to be working with Hinemura on Book 2 and 3. My goodness Clara comes out of her shell!

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

Yes, often. That’s why I like the self-publishing route with a little help from the Bach Doctor Press.

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes, after attending a New Zealand Society of Author’s (NZSA) meeting at the beginning of the year and hearing Karyn Hay’s stories, ‘it’s self-publish or be damned’ meaning don’t wait for some overseas publisher to pick your novel up, get it out to the public and see what the true reading public really thinks.

Nga mihi nui, thank you for your time and good luck with your upcoming book launch.

Interview – Hinemura Ellison

Nau mai haere mai and welcome to the Bach Doctor Press Hinemura, it is a pleasure to have you join our fabulous team, especially working on your latest project with Ted Hughes. How has that been?

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the whole collaboration process. Don’t get me wrong, there have been many tantrums along the way – from both of us! But nothing that couldn’t be fixed with either a fresh pot of coffee or a cold bottle of bubbles.


What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Sticking to the story in hand and not getting distracted by other characters and plot lines, or being overwhelmed of course by so called real life. The creative process can be all consuming.

Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

Of course, you put a lot of your heart and soul into a book, it becomes your baby and it matures and evolves as you flick through the pages. I am lucky I have a great co-writer who has the discipline and make up to diligently plan, prepare, and lay the story out and reveal the characters in a systematic, strategic, sensical way. While I just write, write and write some more and just let the creative juices flow.

Do your novels carry a message?

Yes, absolutely, to live a life worth living and as hard as it is, to not sweat the small things. Try to live in the now and do what makes your heart sing. Be true to yourself. Have lots of fun along the way, laugh a lot, love a lot and try not to take everything so god damn seriously, as you spend a longer time dead than living, so make the most of your time now.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of our readers?

Yes, we are now working on book two in the trilogy, each book is about one of the three friends and how they see the events unfolding through their lens, this one is about Sven, the next one is Clara and the third and final (for now!) is young Freya.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

It is great escapism for those of us who get caught up in the fragments of everyday life, being pulled one way and dragged another while juggling a thousand balls at the same time. Whether it be their career, or boring job they rock up to every day to pay the mortgage, the rent, the holidays, to family commitments, to keeping up with the Jones’s and the such like.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Very important, to keep the story real you can’t skip on the research, whether it be researching the location, the culture, the particular period, the people.

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

No, I am definitely not one of those, grammar is not my strongest forte, hence getting in our fabulous proof readers to polish it up.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Any of the adventurous Enid Blyton series, particularly the Famous Five or the Secret Seven or even one of those fabulous school story books set in a variety of British based boarding schools for tear away girls.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictation, computer or longhand?

Oh the fountain pen, and typewriters now that’s a story in itself set back in a very faraway time, the days of mini skirts, typing pools, taking shorthand or dictation from some crusty, old randy boss who was always talking to your chest. I would have to say today’s digital age with computers makes everything so much easier, unless you have a dodgy second-hand computer like mine that keeps spitting the dummy every few days and just freezes.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was as little as five, my first day at school, I was so ensconced in the journals we used to read on the mat, to collecting a different Enid Blyton book each birthday and Christmas, I was determined back then that writing was the way to go.

What inspires you to write?

Any excuse not to have to sit in an office, churning out meaningless emails and pages of waffle with big flash words, and vision statements and plans that very rarely get implemented. No seriously, I love my own company, and writing at home or exploring somewhere different and all the various places and people just trigger off all sorts of stories.

How often do you write?

Not enough, as I am not very disciplined and I know you must take it seriously where you see it as a full time eight hour a day job, but I am yet to get into that daily routine, but I am getting there.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

Very, very important. I am a visual person and I choose a book based on how pretty the cover is and the title, it must be something that grabs me – something I just MUST have.

Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?

Stick at it, keep going. If it feels so right, it must be the right path to be following, the right choice to make.

Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?

Absolutely, my partner in crime, Ted. When we get together, or on the phone, we bounce ideas, characters and plots off each other all the time.

Thanks again for joining us and for your time today Hinemura, we wish you all the success for your upcoming release. Which is…

Oh, behave! Not long now to wait, we are just putting the final touches together now, the title coming in the next couple of days.

Aroha mai, we wait with baited breath, tēnā rawa atu koe, thank you very much for your time.