Odelia has always been captivated by stories that take us on journeys deep into far-flung lands, past ages or hidden worlds, and that make new sense of the already-familiar or present magical new possibilities. Pair this with an imagination that is quick to turn a towering rock formation into a castle or people a forest path with a dreamed-up knight, and fiction writing was probably an inevitable occupation!
Growing up in rural New Zealand surrounded by beautiful nature provided an abundance of inspiration, which she has been using to create stories and characters from a young age. Odelia loves to mix genres and styles, creating fresh, exciting new blends. And she likes to include a wide variety of moods and emotions. Danger, humour, romance, sadness, thrills, determination – all of them might be found in one of her novels. She loves evocative settings, and is fascinated by character. She writes medieval mystery fiction and women’s historical fiction, and has also dipped into children’s historical urban fantasy fiction. More recently, she has been working on a contemporary romance/mystery set in Italy.
When Odelia is not writing, she loves to spend time painting in watercolour, reading, horse riding, singing opera, listening to music, gardening, and doing creative projects.
She lives, with her family, her two horses and a much-loved cat, on a sixteen-acre rural property on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island.
Visit Odelia’s website to learn more about her and her books – www.odeliafloris.com – or find her on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.