Southern Gold: Survival and desire in a raw new land

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Jude Thomas


Jude Thomas lives in New Zealand on the magical northern coast of Mangawhai. But she was born and raised in the southern city of Dunedin, where historical fiction Southern Gold is set. She also spent many summers in the Central Otago region where part of the story takes place and says she can still smell the wild thyme and feel the shimmering heat. But her lasting memory of a southern upbringing is the piercing winter and her intensely itchy chilblains.

Jude is a member of NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) and the International Writers’ Workshop NZ Inc. In 2015 she was awarded a grant through the NZ Society of Authors CompleteMS Programme. This has been invaluable to her in the writing of Southern Gold, her first full-length novel.  She is currently working on it's sequel.