Best-selling New Zealand writer Deborah Challinor delights in weaving historical fact and fiction together.
Her books always have strong female leads who navigate their way through tough times from 1850s to the 1950s New Zealand.
n historian by trade, Deborah Challinor's PhD was in military history, which is a far cry from her latest book - From the Ashes.
It is a sequel to her 2006 book Fire - and is the second book in the series, The Restless Years.
Deborah often writes several books that focus on particular characters because she says their stories don't stop on the last page of the novel.
Her most successful and best loved series are the Children of War books, The Smugglers Wife series and Convict Girls.
Deborah joins Lynn to talk about her prolific writing career and the characters that stay with her