OUR AUTHORS
Caroline Barron @carolinebarronauthor
Caroline Barron @carolinebarronauthor

An award-winning author, Caroline writes creative non-fiction and fiction. She has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and is the author of RIPIRO BEACH: A memoir life after near death (Bateman). She is currently working on her second novel. In a previous life she spent a decade at the helm of Auckland-based agency Nova Models, Talent and Actors—which provided material too fantastic not to use, one day…

Jane Bloomfield @janefbloomfield
Jane Bloomfield @janefbloomfield

Jane is the author of the Lily Max children’s trilogy, published by Luncheon Sausage Books. LM: SATIN, SCISSORS, FROCK (2015) finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children & YA and received a Storylines Notable Book Award. LM: SLOPE, STYLE, FASHION (2016) was listed in NZ Women’s Day Top Ten Reads 2016. LM: SUN, SURF, ACTION (2017) received a Creative NZ grant. Find Jane’s writing on The Spinoff, The Sapling, Newsroom and her blog, Jane Bloomfield: truth is stranger than fiction

Ananish Chaudhuri
Ananish Chaudhuri

Ananish has taught at Harvard Kennedy School, Rutgers University and Wellesley College. He currently teaches behavioural economics at the University of Auckland. He has published widely in leading international scholarly journals and is the author of the critically acclaimed BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS AND EXPERIMENTS (Routledge) and EXPERIMENTS IN ECONOMICS: PLAYING FAIR WITH MONEY (Routledge). The RePEc database ranks him among the top 5% of authors in Economics world-wide.

Harrison Christian @hc_nz
Harrison Christian @hc_nz

Harrison Christian is a journalist and writer. His reporting career has seen him travel extensively in the Pacific and beyond, covering such topics as rising sea levels in Arctic Alaska and the escape of political refugees from China. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their greyhound.

Paul M Clark @paul.m.clark
Paul M Clark @paul.m.clark

Born and raised in the North-west of England, Paul is a graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He spent 20 years as a historian, teaching at several schools and universities in the US, UK and New Zealand and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing in Folk Horror at Massey University. He writes speculative and historical fiction, often with dark themes.

Vanessa Clarkson @_vanessaclarkson
Vanessa Clarkson @_vanessaclarkson

A qualified dietitian with over a decade of experience specialising in infant, child and maternal nutrition, plant-based diets and sustainability and a mother of two boys, Vanessa’s first cookbook, REAL FOOD FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS (Murdoch Books, 2017) won the Smallish Design Award for Best Family Cookbook. Originally from the UK, she’s now based outside Melbourne where she runs a food and nutrition consultancy providing advice to the Australian Government, food businesses and non-profits.

Tina Clough @tinacloughsbooks
Tina Clough @tinacloughsbooks

Born in Sweden, Tina now lives in New Zealand. She works as a translator of medical research papers for a Swedish university. Her crime novels explore how ordinary people discover inner strengths they never knew they possessed when confronted with danger. In THE CHINESE PROVERB we meet Hunter Grant who saves a young woman, Dao, from her sadistic captor. Dao and Hunter return in ONE SINGLE THING where they use their unique detective skills to solve another mystery.

Fifi Colston @fificolston
Fifi Colston @fificolston

Fifi is a multi award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, costume and props maker and a presenter of arts and crafts. She is a veteran of The World of WearableArt with 26 finalist and award-winning entries. Her book WEARABLE WONDERS won the Elsie Locke Award for non-fiction in 2014. Fifi holds a degree in Design and a Masters of Creative Writing. In 2020 she was awarded the Easter Michael King Writer in Residence.

Sue Copsey @suecopsey1
Sue Copsey @suecopsey1

Sue Copsey, writes under the pen name, Olivia Hayfield. Her novels are inspired by the history and landscapes of her native England. WIFE AFTER WIFE, is a modern retelling of the tale of King Henry VIII and his six wives. Its sequel, SISTER TO SISTER follows his daughters Elizabeth 1 and Bloody Mary into the present day as heiresses to Rose Corp.

Nikki Crutchley @nikkicrutchleywrites
Nikki Crutchley @nikkicrutchleywrites

Nikki lives in the picturesque rural town of Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. She has self-published two crime thrillers and sets all her stories in small rural New Zealand towns. Nikki’s first book, NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE, was a finalist in the Ngaio Marsh Awards, Best First Book 2018. Her second novel, NO-ONE CAN HEAR YOU has just been released. She is currently working on a new book, THE MURDER CLUB, featuring Miller Hatcher from NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE.

Matthew Cunningham
Matthew Cunningham

Matthew is a passionate and dedicated historian, with a Doctor of Philosophy (History) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Underlying all of his work is a desire to communicate, explore and test complex ideas (such as scientific concepts) in a way that engages the reader, no matter what their age. His debut children’s picture book, ABIGAIL AND THE BIRTH OF THE SUN will be published by Penguin Random House in late 2018.

Richard Fairgray @richardfairgrayauthor
Richard Fairgray @richardfairgrayauthor

With over 200 titles to his name Richard works as a comic writer and artist in the USA. Rebooting his top selling series BLASTOSAURUS for an American audience has proven to be a wise move, with the comic now on shelves all over the world. His best known picture books include MY GRANDPA IS A DINOSAUR, GORILLAS IN OUR MIDST and SWEET PENNY AND THE LION. His less kid friendly work can be found under his RICHARD SUX imprint.

Gigi Fenster @gigifenster
Gigi Fenster @gigifenster

Gigi’s first novel, The Intentions Book (VUP, 2012) was shortlisted in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. She has published short stories in various literary journals, both in New Zealand and abroad and a literary memoir Feverish (VUP, 2018). She has a PhD in creative writing from Victoria University of Wellington and various law degrees. Her novel A Good Winter is shortlisted for the Michael Gifkins Prize 2020.

Dominic Hoey @dominichoey
Dominic Hoey @dominichoey

Dominic is an author, poet and playwright based in Auckland. His debut novel, Iceland (Steele Roberts, 2018), a New Zealand bestseller, was long-listed for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. His poetry collection, I Thought We’d Be Famous (Dead Bird books) was published in October 2019.

Jessica Kany
Jessica Kany

Jessica Kany was born in New York City. She has a BA in English Literature. She moved to Stewart Island/Rakiura in 2002 and has been editor of the Stewart Island News (SIN) since 2005. She ran the community library for seven years and is now the Halfmoon Bay School librarian. Her debut novel set between Stewart Island and NYC is out in 2021.

Angelique Kasmara @kasmaraangelique
Angelique Kasmara @kasmaraangelique

Angelique was awarded the Sir James Wallace Prize for the 2016 Master of Creative Writing Programme, University of Auckland. She was the recipient of a Michael King Emerging Writers Residency in 2018 for the MS of her debut novel ISOBAR PRECINCT, which was also shortlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize. ISOBAR PRECINCT will be published in 2021 by The Cuba Press.

Tannis Laidlaw
Tannis Laidlaw

Tannis has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist and her fiction reflects this psychological background. She lives with her husband in Auckland but spends time every year at a deserted beach in the north of New Zealand and in an off-grid cabin on a Canadian lake, places where she finds the inspiration to write.

Tsitsi Mapepa
Tsitsi Mapepa

Tsitsi studied Bachelor of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology, where she won the Kairangatira award. She also has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. Tsitsi is an emerging writer inspired by her dreams to write poetry and short stories. She is currently working on a novel. She is a firm believer in the magic that is in the endless puzzle of the letters of all language.

Raymond McGrath
Raymond McGrath

Raymond is an award-winning Animation Director, animator, illustrator, designer, musician and writer who has been working in children’s television, publishing and advertising for nearly 25 years. He has published and illustrated an impressive list of children’s picture books over this period. Raymond is currently a lecturer, teaching art and traditional 2D animation.

PJ McKay @pj_mckay_author
PJ McKay @pj_mckay_author

Pip holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and was awarded a Creative New Zealand/NZSA Complete Manuscript Assessment award. Pip’s debut novel, The Telling Time (Polako Press, 2020) won the 2020 First Pages Prize, judged by an international panel and Sebastian Faulks, OBE.

Kirsten McKenzie @kiwimrsmac
Kirsten McKenzie @kiwimrsmac

Kirsten fought international crime for 14 years as a Customs Officer in England and New Zealand, before leaving to work in the family antiques store. Now a full time author, she lives in New Zealand, alternating between writing time travel trilogies and thrillers.

Eileen Merriman @eileen.merriman
Eileen Merriman @eileen.merriman

Eileen is an award-winning writer of short stories, novels and flash fiction. Her three YA novels, PIECES OF YOU, CATCH ME WHEN YOU FALL, and INVISIBLY BREATHING, were finalists in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2018 and 2019. Her first adult novel, MOONLIGHT SONATA, was released in July 2019. Eileen works full-time as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital, New Zealand.

Kyle Mewburn @kylemewburn
Kyle Mewburn @kylemewburn

Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand's most eclectic writers. Her picture books are noted for being multi-layered, funny and linguistically creative. Her titles have been published in a dozen countries and won numerous awards including Children's Book of the Year. As well as picture books, Kyle has published several best-selling junior fiction series, notably DINOSAUR RESCUE and DRAGON KNIGHT. She was the Children’s Writer in Residence at Otago University in 2011 and President of the NZSA.

R.A. Paratene @ra_paratene
R.A. Paratene @ra_paratene

After witnessing a mysterious object in the night sky at a young age, Rina (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai) fell in love with reading and watching anything involving UFO’s and outer space. She naturally fell into writing science fiction and fantasy, influenced by movies and TV series like Star Wars, Roswell, The Last Starfighter and E. T. Rina currently resides in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently working on her debut YA novel, ALIENATION.

Wendy Parkins @WendyParkins1
Wendy Parkins @WendyParkins1

Born in Sydney, Wendy is the author of Every Morning, So Far, I’m Alive: A Memoir (Otago University Press, 2019) and is currently writing a historical novel about the scandalous life of the Victorian travel writer, Frances Elliot. A former professor of Victorian literature at the University of Kent, Wendy now divides her time between Dunedin and Tomarata, north of Auckland. Photo credit: Lori Satterthwaite

Emily Pattullo @EmilyPattullo
Emily Pattullo @EmilyPattullo

Originally from the UK where she published a YA novel about child trafficking, Emily also worked in magazine publishing and then ran her own writing, editing and proof-reading business. Now in New Zealand, she's focussed on writing suspenseful stories for adults, with conflicted and unreliable characters.

Kaarina Parker @kaarina.parker
Kaarina Parker @kaarina.parker

Kaarina (Ngāpuhi) grew up with a keen interest in history, which led her to a BA (hons) from the University of Melbourne, in history and gender studies. She then went on receive a Masters of Creative Writing from AUT. She wants to use her writing to give voice to the women of history. Her first novel (part of a trilogy) follows the lives of the extraordinary women of Ancient Rome.

Jackson C. Payne
Jackson C. Payne

Jackson writes short stories and screenplays. He received the Postgraduate Award for the 2018 Master of Creative Writing programme at AUT. He just finished his first collection of short stories, a documentary he wrote, Candy's Crush, was released last year, and his short film, After the Fact, is due out later in 2019.

Michele Powles @michele_powles_writer
Michele Powles @michele_powles_writer

Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it), Michele has been a dancer, producer and writer across the globe. Her writing has been published widely across many mediums and broadcast for radio both in New Zealand and the UK. Michele was New Zealand’s 2010 Robert Burns Fellow. She is the author of TOUCH COMPASS (David Ling 2007), WEATHERED BONES (2009, Penguin), and WHEN WE REMEMBER TO BREATHE (Magpie Pulp 2019).

Jan Pryor
Jan Pryor

Jan wrote or contributed to numerous academic books before taking creative writing seriously. Her short stories have won the Page and Blackmore competition twice, and others have been placed in that and other competitions. In 2018 she published a memoir, AFTER ALEXANDER. THE LEGACY OF A SON. She lives in Wellington and spends as much time as possible in the Marlborough Sounds.

Rohan Reid
Rohan Reid

Rohan completed the Faber Academy's Novel Writing course, while living in London, where she also drew inspiration for her debut novel. She has a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and has worked in public relations and communications roles in Wellington, Melbourne and London, while developing her skills as a creative writer.

Erica Rex
Erica Rex

Erica writes for The New York Times and Scientific American among many other publications. Her nonfiction book-in-progress combines scientific reporting with personal narrative in an examination of the promising re-emergence of psychedelic drugs to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and myriad other emotional disorders. She's a National Magazine Award-winning fiction writer as well as an accomplished journalist.

Paddy Richardson
Paddy Richardson

Paddy is the author of six novels. HUNTING BLIND, TRACES OF RED, CROSS FINGERS and SWIMMING IN THE DARK were all finalists in New Zealand’s Ngaio Marsh Award. A YEAR TO LEARN A WOMAN (‘Der Frauenfanger’), HUNTING BLIND (‘Komm Spiel Mit Mir’) and TRACES OF RED (‘Deine Schuld’) have been published in Germany by Droemer Knaur. SWIMMING IN THE DARK has been published in Australia by MacMillan. THE LONESOME DARK (Upstart Press) was published in April 2017.

Tammy Robinson @tammyrobinsonauthor
Tammy Robinson @tammyrobinsonauthor

Tammy is a contemporary women’s fiction author who has published six novels through Amazon. In 2017 Tammy signed with Piatkus UK and Hachette ANZ for two new novels, DIFFERENTLY NORMAL released in early 2018 and PHOTOS OF YOU is due for publication in 2019. Tammy lives with her husband and three young children in the Waikato, New Zealand where she continues to write beautiful novels with heart.

Lauren Roche
Lauren Roche

Lauren is a GP, inspirational speaker and author living in Tutukaka, NZ. She’s the author of the autobiographical BENT NOT BROKEN and LIFE ON THE LINE. The former has been translated into German, Simplified and Complex Chinese and Swedish, is a one-woman play by the same name and Lauren has been commissioned to write the screenplay for a movie version. THE ANATOMIST’S HANDBOOK is her first novel.

Sandra Russell
Sandra Russell

Sandra moved to New Zealand 20 years ago from the UK. She has degrees in English Literature and Health Science (Psychotherapy). Her career as a psychodynamic psychotherapist was cut short by a diagnosis of an incurable blood cancer in 2013. This devastating and traumatic event compelled her to write about her own internal emotional landscape as she negotiated the world of cancer and face her own mortality.

Thomas Ryan
Thomas Ryan

Thomas is the author of the Jeff Bradley thriller series published by Thomas & Mercer. His novels include THE FIELD OF BLACKBIRDS, THE MARK OF HALAM, and THE OTTOMAN CONSPIRACY. His next book THE BOMB MAKER’S DAUGHTER will be published in June 2018. Thomas is also a prolific writer of short stories that span the spectrum of human emotions.

Brandy Scott @heybrandyscott
Brandy Scott @heybrandyscott

Brandy Scott co-hosts an award-winning radio show, The Business Breakfast, on Dubai's only talk radio station, Dubai Eye 103.8. Her journalism career has seen her work across Europe, The Middle East and New Zealand for radio, magazines and newspapers. Her debut novel, NOT BAD PEOPLE, was acquired by HarperCollins Australia in a co-publishing agreement with William Morris US. It will be published in early 2019.

Barbara Sumner @barbara.sumner
Barbara Sumner @barbara.sumner

Barbara is a multi-award-winning Oscar short-listed documentary filmmaker and former features writer, turned author. Her memoir, Tree of Strangers, was published by Massey University Press in 2020. She is currently writing a novel of astral travel and the arrival of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn into Havelock North in 1916.

Fiona Sussman @fionasussman
Fiona Sussman @fionasussman

Born in South Africa, now living in New Zealand, Fiona is a former GP. Her debut novel, Shifting Colours (Allison & Busby), was published in the UK in 2014 and in the US under the title, Another Woman's Daughter (Berkley). The Last Time We Spoke (Allison & Busby) won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Addressed to Greta will be published in October by Bateman Books, launching that publisher's fiction list. Fiona has also written acclaimed and award-winning short stories.