As well as writing and publishing a vast range of business books and also some more general non-fiction titles for other authors, Dixie is a busy and prolific author of fiction. Stories about or inspired by real people from all walks of life who have led interesting, mysterious, or simply exceptional lives.
Some of these people are no longer around. For example, the Margaret McKenzie series (first book is released, second is currently being written) is about a woman who was a distant family member who led a shocking life of pleasure and distinction well ahead of her time in the 1930s-1950s. Another book in the works is inspired by Dixie’s own grandparents who lived an interesting life in rural New Zealand in the same era, but this one tackles the issues of domestic violence, interracial marriage, and ‘putting on a brave face’.
These are three novels currently available on Amazon
Margaret – a Song out of Time
This was released in March 2014, and follows the story of a young woman in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, who did not wish to follow the traditional path of many other women and settle for being a wife and mother. Instead, she ran away from home, became a jazz singer in a downtown club, and had affairs that ended in heartbreak. Much like any young woman 50 years later, she danced, sang, had a lot of fun, fell in love, and made mistakes in both her love life and career. However, in the 1930s – 1950s, society frowned upon such wanton ways, and judged women who found themselves without a husband cruelly compared to several generations later.
This story is about a real woman who’s name was Margaret, and who did live well ahead of her time. It’s a story that delves into the choices forced upon women of that era, and the consequences of not conforming to social expectations of women.
- Amazon.com Review – Excellent! I would buy this book. In fact, I’m dying to know what happens to Margaret.
- I can’t wait to hear the rest of Margaret’s story, I feel I know her already. There is something uniquely New Zealand in the way Maria shares the story, painting a compelling story of the history shared by many of us whose families were amongst the earliest settlers.
- Magically woven by authoress Maria Carlton, ‘Margaret’ is every woman who has experienced the wrath of an overbearing father and the journey of rebellion which follows. A good story is one which causes me to daydream while tending other mundane duties the path of my new friend. ‘Margaret’ does just that, and I find myself turning to her and wondering where her next steps will take us. All the elements of a feature motion picture. Well done Maria Carlton
Beyond the Shadows
Beyond the Shadows was inspired by the start of a real friendship between two people who had met at the very end of a convention, but a certain spark was ignited. Neither would ever be able to live closer to the other – but as a writer I was able to get creative about how such a romance could develop into an incredible love affair. However, many love affairs have challenges and Penny and Erik encountered some extra-ordinary ones in the form of a past lover who just could not let go.
What if, someone else was really pulling all the strings in your relationships?
Maybe there’s a lot more going on than first appears… James is up against something he has no control over, and maybe the only way out is with the help of an old Japanese professor of mythology.Explore how the angst of a woman with declining mental and physical health can impact on the lives of those around her, as she struggles to keep a tight grip of her husband. All is not what it seems and Alice will go to extraordinary lengths to secure her own ultimate satisfaction, even if that means risking her own demise…or at least her own sanity.
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