Kia ora! I am Sam - welcome to my website. I live in the beautiful Waitaki Valley in Kurow, North Otago with my husband Luke and our 2 beautiful daughters, Daisy (8) and Sylvie (6).

My first passion is animals; I am a fifth generation farmer and I get all my writing inspiration from our daily interactions with pets and farm animals.

I am very proud to say that I support NZ Made; all my books are 100% New Zealand made and are printed nearby in Oamaru.


Written by Sam and brought to life by award winning illustrator Kat Merewether Stuck in Poo, What to do? is a classic kiwi tale.

Inspired by childhood adventures on the farm, and Skellerup's Junior Red Band gumboot range, Stuck in poo is the first book in a series about the adventures of a cheeky young pukeko named Luke the Pook.

Join Luke on his adventure over the farm in his 'borrowed' Red Band gumboots.

It is a delighfully humorous, easy rhyming story that is brought to life with Kat's vibrant illustrations.


Written by Sam and illustrated by the very talented Scott Tulloch, Trevor the Smelliest Dog ever is a fun tale for muck-loving kiddies; inspired by Sam's own sweet (but very smelly) dogs.

Trevor is a loveable pooch who HATES being clean. In this fabulous full colour picture book, readers follow Trevor over a whiffy week as he hunts for the perfect pong. 

Children will delight in the humorous storyline jam packed with sensory words and complimented by Scott's brilliant illustrations.