Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books although my last novel was set on The Isle of Wight. The Promise is a book written with heart. I was adopted in 1971 in Winstanley, Great Britain. My parents emigrated to New Zealand shortly after. It was only after having my own children that I sought out my birth mother. She hails from Southampton and we’ve forged a great long-distance relationship. It also turns out I am distantly related to Molly Downer, the last witch on the Isle of Wight – how could I not write a story set on the Isle of Wight once I found that out?
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Seven books later, a publishing deal with Harper Impulse and the launch of my new series The Guesthouse on the Green, here I am.