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Writing has been a part of my world ever since I can remember.
After studying journalism in Auckland and a stint in the Radio Pacific newsroom, I found my niche in print media. I've worked for 25 years in the magazine and newspaper industry for NZ Herald, NZ Outlook, Mindfood, Destinations, Style and FQ, among others.
My passion for in-depth interviews and investigative reporting saw a move to New Zealand Outlook magazine, covering stories in the political and social arena and then later a shift to Style Magazine to work as a feature writer, interviewing corporate giants, fashion icons, and international celebrities from the film and music arena.
In between raising three children, I switched to freelance magazine feature work for Fashion Quarterly, Destinations, Good Magazine and Mindfood.
With a life-long goal to write entertaining adventure stories for children, I enrolled in a Masters Writing course at Auckland’s Creative Hub and released my first children's fiction book 'The Golden Scarab'. The second book in the series ‘The Golden Scarab’s Secret’ was published in 2013.
My latest project, a lifestyle-cookbook ‘Global Kitchen,’ (New Holland 2019) is a vibrant collection of recipes from six of New Zealand's best coastal restaurants. The book is beautifully illustrated with colourful images by London-based photographer Grant Rooney.
Born and raised in Auckland, I consider myself more of a gypsy, enjoying travel and the possibility to discover new challenges. When time permits, I enjoy hiking, yoga and gardening.
THE GOLDEN SCARAB SERIES
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" Anais Nin
The Golden Scarab series is an adventure story about Oliver and his friends who resolve to recover and return Egypt's most precious artefact, The Golden Scarab. But the story touches on some deeper and very real issues. Courage and faith are dominant themes throughout both books and for good reason. We all encounter similar problems and challenges regardless of what age we are. Despite how resilient and upbeat children may seem, they still experience the fear of isolation, alienation and of never being good enough. But if children are raised to believe they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, then the chances are they most probably will. It's this sort of inner confidence that so often defines who we are and what we become.
"Always remember, You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" A.A Milne
The Golden Scarab Series
"Thank you Lindy Davis for visiting Onepoto Primary – Room 4. The children were engaged in the session, hearing about Egypt and doing creative writing with you. They are loving the Golden Scarab, especially reading it together as a class."
PAMELA BHIKA - ONEPOTO PRIMARY DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
“Sometimes I read a novel that is so intriguing that I don’t want to finish living in the world that it creates. This is one of those novels. A well written action/adventure/historical novel that will win you over quickly. Intermediate and high school students will get into it easily and anyone who likes Egyptology.” BOB DOCHERTY— BOB’S BOOKS BLOG
“Well done on The Golden Scarab Secret which I enjoyed so very much.”
JIM MORA— BROADCASTER AND REVIEWER, RADIO NEW ZEALAND
“If you haven’t read the first novel, don’t worry it isn’t really necessary as The Golden Scarab's Secret is its own adventure that doesn’t require a lot of knowledge of the previous book. It is one of the most vividly descriptive novels I’ve read and if author Lindy Davis hasn’t been to Egypt, she has sure done her research. Everything about the setting – from the museums, the pyramids, tombs and bazaars, readers are taken on a tour of the incredible sights of Egypt. Boys and girls will enjoy this story. It’s a fun read, an incredible adventure – but be warned, it will bring out the travel bug in the reader.” JJ MCCONNACHIE— NZ BOOKLOVERS AND GOODREADS
“I enjoyed the Golden Scarab series very much. The characters were great and I found myself wanting to keep reading – that’s always a good sign.
It had lots of mystery and intrigue.I’ll be passing the book on for others to read.
ROSEMARY TISDALL— GETTING KIDS INTO BOOKS, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONSULTANT
“What a great book to read. Getting rich texture out of the New Zealand experience is the issue. Lindy Davis is a fine writer and I’ve enjoyed reading The Golden Scarab very much.” PETER MURCHISON— ENGLISH STUDIES HOD,WESTLAKE BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, AUCKLAND
“What a joy for a teacher to witness children scrambling to get their hands on a coveted book. Not since Harry Potter have I seen students so eager to get a copy of the book. Author Lindy Davis manages to hook her reader from the start and reel them in through authentic settings.”
FIONA SAYES— YEAR 8 TEACHER, NORTHCROSS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL, AUCKLAND
“This is a great book. It’s full of suspense and definitely keeps you reading.” SHELL SAFARI READER REVIEWS