My husband calls me the Hobbitbotherer. It was coined by my husband John when I was going through a very Lord of the Rings phase. Reading the books, watching the films (over and over again!) and finding out what other films the actors were in! We had always thought of one day going to New Zealand and having seen some of the wonderful scenery in the films, it made us want to visit even more and we decided to go for it after all. Our trip is what inspired the book, New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer, a funny romp through the wonderful land of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud) while poor John had to put up with me wanting to trek to all the film locations!
I read lots of different genres, so I guess that sometimes translates into my writing. I never sit down and write a book by deciding on the genre first. Normally it’s the characters who appear in my mind first, although not usually named until much later! I love the history of names and usually try and find names that suit them, rather than just pick a name out of the air. Ideas come from everywhere and I have so many ideas going around in my head that if I didn’t write them down I’d go mad.
I love books and I love reading, our house is overflowing with books so I’ve been trying to read more ebooks than paper ones recently. I don’t care what method it is, I love a good story whether it’s on a computer screen or on a dead tree.
What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom’s name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.) How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream? An apparition that looks remarkably like the director of the movies, Peter Jackson, but not quite remarkably enough to prompt legal action. An apparition that recommends touring New Zealand in an effort to prove that its sheep pastures aren’t really filled by frolicking Hobbits. Just sheep and the occasional zorbing local. This is the hilarious tale of such a tour, featuring snow capped mountains and turquoise lakes, flightless birds and flying cattle, bungy jumping grannies and the carrot mafia, strange yellow eyes peering up from a road map and hotel receptionists always desperate to know win you are living.
Jessica Miller is a young woman with secrets, dark secrets that she feels she can’t tell. Referred to a psychiatrist after a failed suicide attempt, she is reluctant to reveal the reasons why she tried to kill herself.
The truth emerges over several sessions and it soon becomes clear that Jessica isn’t the only one with secrets.
Some of them should have remained buried…
Silent Screams – Not all monsters are under the bed.
What Other’s Are Saying About New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer
“I laughed so hard I could barely breathe!” – Tami Brady, TCM Reviews
“You’ll also learn a lot about a colorful land and its rich history, because in between nuggets of humor John Gisby provides plenty of solid facts about New Zealand. He’s not only an entertaining writer, but an informative one, too.” – Nina M. Osier, author of Rough Rider
“Whether you are a Tolkien fan or not, you will love this romp through Kiwi-land in search of Hobbit lore. Like it’s inspiration, Hobbit Botherer has a colorful cast of characters, the entire land of New Zealand for its backdrop, poetic language (or at least great puns) fast moving adventure and, something Lord of the Rings did not have, a genuine Hobbit Botherer.” – Kathleen Walls, author of Kudzu, Last Step, Finding Florida’s Phantoms and editor of travel magazine, American Roads
What Other’s Are Saying About Silent Screams
“Fans of V. C. Andrews will rejoice in the style. Few will be able to put down this mesmerizing book.” — Kathleen Walls, author of Last Step.
“It will challenge the reader with a spectrum of intelligent well-written characters, and a full range of emotional depth.” — Dehanna Bailee, author of True Nature
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