Tough female characters take centre stage in two recent books by Wellington writers, both longlisted for the 2018 Ockham Awards.
Annaleese Jochems won the 2016 Adam Foundation Prize for the manuscript of what became her critically acclaimed debut novel Baby, featuring the extraordinary Cynthia adrift in the Bay of Islands.
Kirsten McDougall’s gothic novella Tess places her troubled and mysterious title character in and around Masterton.
They discuss writing difficult and dangerous women with fellow novelist Catherine Robertson.
Images: Annaleese Jochems © Victoria Birkinshaw, Kirsten McDougall © Grant Maiden