It’s official. Deborah Challinor is the number one bestselling New Zealand novelist for 2016. Nielsen Book Scan figures for overall sales during the last calendar year put her at the top of the list of New Zealand novelists by a country mile. This is the second year in a row she has achieved the number one spot.
Deborah’s own special blend of well-researched period history, richly developed characters and a compelling story line is the key to her success. It’s something her fans have appreciated since her first novel, Tamar was published fifteen years ago by HarperCollins New Zealand.
Deborah’s total book sales in New Zealand alone amount to just over 185,000 copies to date. She is also published in Germany, UK, Russia, the Czech Republic and Australia.
Her most recent novel, Cloud Leopard’s Daughter was published in November 2016. It’s the fourth book in the ‘Smuggler’s Wife’ series, which began with Kitty, set partly in the Bay of Islands of the 1830s.
Deborah lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. She recently spent four years in New South Wales researching and writing the four books that make up the Convict Girls series.
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