The book did so well, it was translated into German and Italian.
Hawkins said she does not read the same genre of book she writes about so she doesn't compare her writing to other authors."Yeah it's funny really, but I've heard it's quite common among writers, to not read the genre of book you write about. Hawkins said she reads her book reviews on sites such as Amazon as a way to rate her success but said the most rewarding experience throughout the process is seeing the characters come to life."It's hard not to read the reviews and some people are really generous but you really aren't in this for the money," she said."It was quite interesting also to get feedback from my editor, she sent me two A4 pages of words that I over-use, like the word cheerful and no-one is allowed to say anything they have to announce it."The second novel, Chocolate cake for Breakfast, is about the romantic life of a small-town rural vet who catches the eye of national sporting hero All Black Mark Tipene, after she fails to recognise who he is. "In my head [the All Black] was half Dan Carter and half Richie Mc Caw, so I think that may have been an appealing aspect," said Hawkins.
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