"Hallo and welcome back!!
It seems as though summer here is only just ending! It has been wonderful, warm and full of sunshine.
Now as it comes to a close, I love seeing the autumn colours breaking through and at the same time the pictures I see from overseas,
of gorgeous spring scenes with blossoming trees and colourful blooming flowers. What a world we live in!
I had a trip away to beautiful Napier recently, to visit a dear friend I'd met in the bank many years ago! I fell in love
with the place and even looked at a few houses down there!! I soon realized that my Mum is too important to me and I'd
rather be in Auckland for now!
With 'As It Was' the article for The Times/ South Magazine was published as a double page spread! The reporter (Angela Kemp)
has written a fantastic very full article - even longer than the one in this magazine
HERE(turn for 4 pages in) so I've
attached the original longer version too (PDF) for you just in case! It's hilarious really 😄
I have been busy writing and it's all coming along nicely for the children's book! I would love your opinion on what age group one of
my poems is..if you're up for it just email me email@example.com and I will be in touch! I'd love your opinion!
Thanks very much for your time and interest and I am looking forward to hearing from you 😄
The photo of 'As It Was' & I is taken right on the beach at Port Waikato - hence the big smile. Great photographer too -
very experienced on a windy day!"
- Louise Hayward
Kiwi Summer 2019
Hallo! & Welcome! We are having a fantastic summer here and I have been busy with the book as well as starting on a new one!
People have said to me that I should write one for the children and so that's exactly what I'm doing. So far writing down at
the beach has been very fruitful - somehow its easier to write there. I guess when we are more relaxed most things are easier!
I have a photographer coming around on Saturday and even though the photos will probably be taken inside, I feel compelled to
tidy up the garden and have the lawn mown again! This is for a magazine a dear friend told me about so I'm quite excited!
Very good reviews of 'As It Was' and 150 people rated with 4 or 5 stars at Amazon's Goodreads
Another lovely thing happened. 'As It Was' is dedicated to Chris Cornell. One of my friends went to his Tribute Concert in
Los Angeles last month (Even Metallica played !!) and sent me not one but two wonderful commemorative T-Shirts!! Oh how I
treasure them! Thanks Mano! Very special. It's almost Valentine's Day and my birthday, so of course I am taking my wheelbarrow
in to work on Thursday! I hope you are thoroughly spoilt and enjoy this very special day of love.
Well! What a year it has been and thank you for being part of this amazing time.
I am so thankful that 'As It Was' is out there in the world, online too! To think that this time last year
I was looking for an illustrator and 'As It Was' seemed a long way away!
So many of you helped the book along the way- thank you and I hope you LOVE it!!
I am so grateful to you all. Such a long list of friends who helped out in some way - we've had the radio interview,
the book launch (which was so much fun!) the interview with David, the video and the two readings of the poems.
Having Gray Bartlett at the launch was wonderful and I'm so happy that he attended. It was while I worked with
Gray that I started writing poetry and we found out more recently that we both had a very famous and wonderful
'influencer' in the great writer Ernest Hemmingway! 'The Old Man and the Sea' was a huge influence whilst at
school, have you read it, incredible story.
Since the launch we've been in the North Shore Times and completed the famous 'Elsewhere' questionaire with my
hero music writer Graham Reid. An interview with a Rural Magazine is also scheduled. Alot of my writing was
done on the West Coast in a small rural town only metres from the coast. In fact a few miles away, were some
of the 'Lord of the Rings' movie location shots. So beautiful and quiet enough that you can actually think
(and write) and have good old fashioned fun.
Next year I will start on another 'book' project so we will see how we go :)
Thank you again and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays.
P.S. If you enjoyed the book or a poem, I would love it if you wrote a quick review in the 'review section on
my facebook page':) www.facebook.com/pg/LouiseHaywardBooks/reviews/
We had our book launch with a fabulous turnout, a reading of two poems by Louise Hayward. Gray Bartlett provided music
and it was a lovely atmosphere.
You can view the reading at Ode to Chris Cornell
We've been getting ready for the book to emerge from the printers. We've had a photoshoot,
our first review and we've had a radio interview with Tematera at the RedRoom Sessions Radio Show
(We are 10 mins from the end at 53mins:)
The radio show was so much fun and I hope you enjoy it too.
"Earthy, elemental, edging me into another epoch. "As it Was" is the ancient ebbing & flowing of love & longing in poetic heart-beats.
A coming home journey into ourselves & earth's bounty, of which hope is an essential treasure to be discovered."
- Janelle Fletcher - author of Dancing in Her Own Full Moonlight - the Ebb and Flow of Being Fully Woman.
"Absolutely perfect. Internationally impactful. A true professional in every way. Highly recommend."
- Brian Leonard