|Born in New Zealand, Hannah Tunnicliffe is a self-confessed nomad. She previously lived in Canada, Australia, England, Macau and, while travelling Europe, a campervan named Fred. She currently lives in New Zealand with her husband and three daughters, having ditched a career in Human Resources to become an author.
When she is not writing or reading she can usually be found baking or eating and sometimes all four at the same time (which is probably somewhat hazardous). She is founder and co-author of the blog Fork and Fiction, which, unsurprisingly,explores her twin loves – books and food.
When she is not writing or reading she can
|Q & A
How did you become an author?
Well, um…first I tried many other things?! Most significantly I worked in Human Resources for many years, my last role was Human Resources Director for a business in Macau, China with over four thousand employees. I knew Human Resources wasn’t quite right for me but I had no idea what was right for me so I completed a qualification to become a career coach / counselor. I diligently followed my curiosities towards writing, with some interesting detours, and wrote the first draft of my first book, The Colour of Tea, while living in Asia. That I now get to write as a job, for real, is both baffling and thrilling.
How do you write? What is your writing practice?
|What are your favourite things?
My family are my favourite three things – my husband and my three littlies. Then the wider family: wonderful parents and awesome siblings and, I have to admit, I scored great in-laws, which is a major bonus. Combinations of delightful, delicious things like tea + friends, book + hot bath, cake + laughter. Food, just quietly, oh my goodness, Food. Then there are actual objects like prayer beads made from rose petals, silver napkin rings with initials engraved (a wedding present from my Nana), fresh flowers, black and white photos of my girls, a small brass rabbit, a faded photo of my parents smooching on a beach (is that weird? It’s so cute, you should see it), a signed copy of Potiki by Patricia Grace. Finally – I really love my job, it is a dear and favourite thing, and emails from readers truly make my week.
More. More writing and more stories, in whichever genre and medium my readers allow me to mess about in.
Three Words that sum up your life right now?
Blessed. Busy. Beautiful.