Essie Summers was a New Zealand author who wrote so vividly of the resident and andscape of her native country that she was offered The Order Of the British Empire for her contributio to New Zealand tourism.
Ethel Snelson Summers was born on on July 24, 1912 to a newly-emigrated couple, Ethel Snelson and Edwin Summers, situated in Bordesley Street in Christchurch, Essie was always proud of both her British heritage and her New Zealand citizenship. Both her parents were exceptional storytellers, and this, combined with her early introduction to the Anne of Green Gables stories, engendered in her a life-long fascination with the craft of writing and the colorful legacy of pioneers everywhere.
Leaving school at 14 when her grandmother 's butcher shop experienced financial difficulties, she worked for a number of month in draper 's shops and later turned her experiences to good use in writing the romantic novels for which she became famous.
She met her husband-to-be William Flett when she was only 13 years old, but it was 13 years before she consented to marry him. A minister 's wife and the father of two, illiam and Elizabeth, she still found many opportunities to pen short stories, oetry and newspaper columns before embarking on her fifth book, which sold to the firm of Mills& amp; Boon in 1956.
Summers died in Taradale, Hawkes Bay on the August 27, 1998. http: //christchurchcitylibraries.com/ ...