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Robyn Cotton

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ROBYN COTTON is a wife, a mother and a daughter. After growing up in South Taranaki and studying at Massey University in Palmerston North, she travelled to the UK on the great “O.E.” before returning to settle in New Zealand. Robyn has enjoyed a long career in innovation beginning in the dairy industry before consulting across industry sectors. In recent years she has discovered her liking for governance and is currently Vice-Chair for the board of International Needs New Zealand, a Christian organisation. Inspired by her own experiences, she began to explore her interest in creative writing and A Skylark Flies is her first novel. Robyn is also passionate about photography, travel, NZ bush, squash and sailing—her favourite past-time is spending time cruising New Zealand’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

Email: rmcotton@hatherop.co.nz
Photo: Robyn Cotton

A Skylark Flies

A SKYLARK FLIES. Rose, a young Kiwi, is on a working holiday in the United Kingdom, to discover her roots. When in Scotland, she is subjected to a brutal assault by a local man, Tommy. Their lives will ever be the same again. While Rose fights to recover from her emotional trauma, Tommy, a victim of a lifetime of abuse, struggles with guilt. The choices they make will ultimately determine whether they live life as victims or rise above it. Inspired by true events A Skylark Flies is a poignant story of forgiveness. It gives the reader a window into the souls of two very different characters whose stories converge at critical points. The assailant has power over the victim, induced by fear—and the victim has power to release him from his guilt and shame.

Email: rmcotton@hatherop.co.nz
Writer: Robyn Cotton

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