When Matakana writer Jenni Francis wrote her first teen novel, she had no idea it was going to turn into a six-book series.
She says she discovered she had lots and lots of stories to tell, even though she still finds the process of actually writing them down somewhat arduous.
The fifth novel in the series Watch Me was released this month and she is half way through completing the sixth novel.
The stories concern the family life and trials and tribulations of a teenage girl called Keri who lives in Auckland – though much of the action in Watch Me takes place around a farm near a northern beach – loosely-based on Te Arai.
Keri and friend Mereana originally planned to simply help on the farm but find themselves battling cattle, sheep and horse rustlers, who have no qualms about abducting anyone who gets in their way.
Mahurangi Matters has a copy of Watch Me to give away. Write your name and number on the back of an envelope, post to Watch Me competition, Mahurangi Matters, PO Box 701, Warkworth or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Watch Me. Competition closes October 13.