About The Author

My Background ~ In 1962, my parents emigrated from England to New Zealand with my two elder sisters. I was born in 1964, my brother two years later. From the age of seven, I could read and write. In class each time the teacher asked us to write a story, I remember being gripped with a spirit of joy. In the powerless world of the child, I had something I was good at.

Growing up ~ I was a tomboy. I spent my days outdoors, barefoot – there was a sense of limitlessness then. That state is what I crave to return to in my books. We spent half the year exploring the forest and backyards. We played Bulrush, cowboys and Indians, raided the old orchard for peaches. We picnicked in the bush and rode our bikes. The other half of the year, we spent in the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. We camped and fished with Dad off the beach. We explored the mountain and raced down vertical hillsides on cardboard. We made tunnels and caves in the waist-high bracken.

After High School ~ At sixteen-years-old, I left school with University Entrance accredited. For the first three years after high school, I studied fashion design part time. I worked at several jobs. I worked in a café, as a bartender, a cleaner, a phone salesperson and a shop assistant. I studied photography, art and writing part-time. And in my spare time, I wrote short stories and children’s stories. I forced the short stories, but the children’s stories came naturally. That was when I began to feel the pleasure of storytelling I’d had when I was a little girl return. I began to develop characters along mythical story lines, The Survivors, and The Great Adventures of Splat the Wonder Dog, and The Colour Secret.

Freelance Journalism ~ In 1983 after attending a live band, I wrote about the show, and the article appeared in the Auckland University newspaper, Bifim. Later, I landed my first job as a freelance journalist for the Inner City News. During the rest of that decade, I wrote articles, interviews and even restaurant reviews for the inner city papers: the Inner City News, the City of Sails, the Harbour News, the Sunday News and Fifty Plus. I also wrote feature articles for More and Metro Magazine.

In the 1990s ~ I began developing ideas for picture books, writing and illustrating The Unsightly Wet Nightie, The Best Day Ever, Free Wally, My Good and Honest Friends, and The Impossible Race.

In 2005 ~I began writing my series for 9-13-year-old readers, The Chronicles of Aden Weaver. I finished the trilogy and self published under my imprint, Shining River Press, in October, 2020. Grab your copy today: The Or’in of Tane, The Sasori Empire, The Last Tree. It’s great to see the story come to a satisfying conclusion. Bittersweet and also exciting!



Keep Creating!

Yvette Carol


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu

  1. lynnemaree says:

    Dear Yvette I am not quite sure how I found my way to your blog but I am touched by the wonder of your life, the freedom you lived as a child and which so obviously lives on. I have many small people in my world who love to read so I would love to hear when your book is published a
    big encouragement toward that especially for your precious Dad. with kind regards Lynnemaree

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      Thanks, Lynnemaree,
      I’m sorry, I missed your message till now. My Inbox is 20 pages deep and becoming something of a problem!
      I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog. Thanks for the kind encouragement. I shall share the journey here on my blog so I’ll keep you posted. It really warms my heart to have interest in my book. Thank you. 🙂


      • | Purvasha | says:

        Loved the way you described yourself! You’ve done so many jobs to eventually end up, doing what you found the most deserving of your love. Much inspired by the story of your younger self! Thanks 🙂

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  2. I was going to go to sleep a half hour ago, but I decided to visit you for awhile. I’m so glad I did. This is a marvelous life story in itself. Goodnight and sweet dreams, Yvette.

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  3. Tina Frisco says:

    Hi Yvette… I nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award. You can read about it here: https://tinafrisco.com/blog/one-lovely-blog-award/. Acceptance is optional. Have a wonderful day, my friend!


  4. Bun Karyudo says:

    This was very interesting, Yvette. I’d love to know what kind of adventures Splat the Wonder Dog got up to. (I hope they didn’t involve steam rollers.) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • yvettecarol says:

      Oh, joy! What a great reaction. There is nothing better you could say to a writer than, I want to know what happens next. Splat was my first fully-formed protagonist when I was a young writer, and needless to say, he’s still my first love. His adventures tended to take mythical proportions because he was “made of magic.” I still have all my hand-written notebooks, illustrations and early manuscripts. You never know, maybe one day, Splat’s time will come. Meantime, I can safely reassure you, there were no steamrollers! 🙂

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