When Bronwyn was ten, she wrote to Author Enid Blyton telling her she was going to be a writer too. She kept to her plan and that has been her occupation since – she admits it’s a fair while now. Over that time she has been an advertising copywriter, freelancer, contract writer, editor, education writer, academic writer, playwright, writing mentor and tutor. Of the genres she has written – fiction, non-fiction, radio stories, articles, humour, books, short stories, plays, novels – she now most enjoys writing fiction. Short stories have always been a favourite, but currently she is having a renewed love affair with the form of the novel.
Bronwyn’s keyboard is usually in Auckland, the stunning New Zealand ‘City of Sails’, but sometimes travels elsewhere with her. She may also be found feeding stray cats, or gazing in an abstract way as she plots the next script or tries to calculate how many million words she has produced over her career.
“I love Every Five Minutes from the same Author, and am delighted to find this book shows her beautiful writing just as well. The characters are very real and there’s a similar delicate touch to the prose. Bronwyn Elsmore has a real gift for saying just enough without too much. Backwards Into the Future is a novel with the feel of a memoir about it – I find the combination very appealing.” – J.M. –
This is one book that truly deserves five stars. I’d give it six if I could. ~ M. Thornberg
Gina, if that is her real name, wakes to an autumn morning and, against her better judgement, selects a light dress to wear to work. Deliberately, she misses the bus and walks into the city, then turns and walks back home. This is not a day for work. Tomorrow, in her navy pantsuit, she will be there. Today she will spend with a white dog and a remarkable man.
Every Five Minutes is also about the colour cornflower blue, beaches, parks, city streets, exotic places, coffee, flowers, polished stones, a unicorn and a swan, words, theatre, movies, music, and love. But most of all it’s about Gina, the dog, and the man.
Reviewers say –
“I adored this book”
“I hated the story to end. Read it and you’ll see. It’s a lovely, lovely book.”
“A masterpiece…perfect in its style and delivery”
“her writing brilliance showed on each page as she pulled it off.”
“Please make sure you add this to your to be read list.”
“Seventeen Seas” is a humorous mix of character studies, local geography and cultural oddities, all skillfully staged on a large oceangoing vessel, as it moves from one port to another over 80+ days. Ms Elsmore’s dry wit and astute observations of the human condition will both entertain and educate, regardless of whether one has ever “cruised” or not. ~ Julie Dutton
One ship, a handful of Kiwis, a few more Australians, and sixteen hundred Brits. Seventeen Seas tells their stories as they travel through ten countries, fifteen ports, over forty-six days.
Were you on this cruise? You’ll enjoy finding out. Even if you weren’t on this one, if you’ve been on any cruise ship in recent years you’ll be sure to recognize these situations, and these characters among your fellow passengers.
Seventeen Seas is a novel-length work of creative non-fiction that tells stories of a recent journey around half the world – from New Zealand to the United Kingdom by cruise ship. It differs from the usual travel book in that the stories of the journey itself and the multiple destinations visited are told through the viewpoint of a variety of characters – Kiwis, Aussies and Brits. The situations are real.
Seventeen Seas is explanatory and entertaining. For those who have not yet taken such a journey it gives details of travel by cruise ship, incorporating the facts into the stories of life on board and the many ports visited.