Other Work by Ann Russell

© Ann Russell. Pohutakawa, Metrosideros excelsa, the NZ Christmas tree.

Little Truff is my first fictional book and before authoring it, I wrote mainly non-fiction. The articles were mainly for adults and the topics varied with my background interests and professional training. This includes food technology, fashion, horticulture, textiles, domestic pets, aromatherapy, and celebrant practice.

I also write the occasional poem and photography is a hobby. I have included some examples here for those who are interested to read them. Enjoy!


Poetry – “Shadows in the Mist”

I’m deeply attracted to the New Zealand’s natural beauty, particularly our landscape, flora and fauna. This poem,”Shadows in the Mist“, was inspired by a meditation beside the stream with a triple-tiered waterfall on a property near Bethell’s Beach, on the wild west coast of Auckland.

Subtropical plants – Vireyas

Both my parents were avid gardeners who had beautiful, highly productive vegetable and flower gardens. My ex-husband and I owned a subtropical nursery where I learned about many types of exotic plants and began to write articles on them for More magazine. Here is the beginning of an article on the vireya, a shrub which is noted for its beautiful, colourful blooms and year-round flowering ability.

Aromatherapy – House and Property Cleansing

As a celebrant and aromatherapist, I’m aware of the importance of house and property cleansing before taking up residence. Although this not widely practised in New Zealand, there are many cultures that carry out similar procedures as part of their traditions. It may be of value to you, too.

Cross Stitch Book Cover – NZ Heritage Cross Stitch

During the 1990s I designed and sold cross-stitch patterns with a New Zealand theme. HarperCollins Publishers approached me to write a book using a selection of my patterns in a book called New Zealand Heritage Cross Stitch. It was published in 1997 and because it’s no longer in print, the covers only are presented to show examples of my work.

Romance Writing – Pink Satin

I’ve been an active member of Romance Writers’ NZ for two years and a finalist in two competitions. This piece of work, Pink Satin, was published in the book, Writers in the Library, by the St Heliers Writers’ Group in 2010.

Food Columnist

A passion for food led to my working as a teacher of Food Technology and Hospitality, as well as a food columnist for the NZ Herald, Dominion, The Listener and Sunday Times. Recently I met the challenge of living the gluten-free way, developing recipes to meet this demand. An example is this Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies recipe. Delicious! As yummy food is included in my stories, expect gluten-free recipes on my blog.