Elma is Gen Z, her Dad is Gen X and Gran – well Gran is just a plain old pain in the butt. At least that’s how Elma sees it. Being seventeen is not easy. What will she do now the school holidays are over? Train as a nurse or stay on at the café?


And, more importantly, how will she cope when Aunt Livie, the only person who really listens to her, moves away to the mainland? One thing she knows for sure – she will never visit her Gran in the nursing home. But when Dad offers driving lessons, Elma learns that life is not so black and white.


Join Elma as she journeys between the mountain and the river to unravel the shadowy secrets of her grandmother’s mind.

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All the Birds of the Air, 2017 

Death will strike but five times before the final curtain …

Lyn, Catherine, Sparrow, ‘Big Bill Norton’ and the other locals of Featherston have at least two things in common: first, their locality, and second, their connection with death, the ‘inevitable event’ in everyone’s life. Some of them will make it to the end of the book and others – through natural causes, vengeance or a series of unexplained incidences – will not.

Are these ordinary people living ordinary lives, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

Demelza’s diverse use of the written word explores the plight of a town impacted by rogue leadership and deception. In this cleverly crafted fiction which draws inspiration from both the Tales of Robin Hood and the poem Who Killed Cock Robin?, Demelza delivers tasty morsels of suspense and intrigue by picking up the small threads of select individuals’ lives before blending them together under the shadow of a far more sinister story.

For lovers of life, death … and a little revenge.

All the Birds is available in Kindle and ePub from Amazon and Smashwords.

Demelza began her writing career beneath her homeland mountain of Taranaki unaware at the time that her secret messages, forbidden poems and dyslexic ramblings would lead to anything other than the compost bin.

She now resides on the secluded island of Tasmania just south of mainland Australia. It is here where she climbs tall mountains and swims cold rivers to reach the heart of nature and be ever inspired by people and places to continue to express herself through the written word.

Her first novel 'All the Birds of the Air' was successfully published in 2017 followed by 'Not Quite' in 2018 a collection of poetry exploring her travels through birth, education, family and food.
Demelza has a deep connection with Tasmania's kunanyi/Mt Wellington and hopes her readers may also discover the joy of nature.