OUR AUTHORS
Anthony Ahern
Anthony is an actor and voice over artist, having appeared in film, television and theatre in Australia and internationally. He was co-writer for 48 episodes on the comedy show THE WEDGE and in 2010 was joint winner of the Australian Poetry Centre’s ‘Poetic Monologue Series.’
Anthony co-wrote and starred in the COOKING WITH CHRISTOPHER WALKEN sketch on YouTube, which has over 3 million views and has featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed and Vulture online magazines.
Caroline Barron
The recipient of the New Zealand Society of Author’s 2015 Lilian Ida Smith Award, Caroline writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and is currently working on her second novel, as well as a memoir. 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…
A.E. Cameron
A.E. Cameron was raised in central New York State. At Swarthmore College, she studied English, French, and Russian literature. Always longing to know other places in the world, Amy eventually chose to live and work for several years on Kauai. She and her husband have also lived in Scotland, Australia, and his native country, New Zealand. They call the Hawaiian Islands home and her debut YA fiction is set there.
Rajorshi Chakraborti
Rajorshi was born in Calcutta, India and grew up there and in Mumbai. He has also lived and studied in Canada, England and Scotland, and worked, between 2007 and 2010, as a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Raj is the author of five novels, Or the Day Seizes You, Shadow Play, Balloonists, Mumbai Rollercoaster and, most recently, The Man Who Would Not See. He lives in New Zealand.
Vanessa Clarkson
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
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.
Sue Copsey
Sue Copsey’s novels are inspired by the history and landscapes of both her native England and her adopted New Zealand. She is best known for her ghost stories; THE GHOSTS OF TARAWERA (2012) was a Storylines Notable Book and THE GHOSTS OF MOONLIGHT CREEK (2016) was shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel award. Her debut women’s fiction novel, WIFE AFTER WIFE, is a modern retelling of the tale of King Henry VIII and his six wives.
Gary Cross
Gary is a junior fiction writer who writes primarily in the horror genre, but whose work also appeals to vampire, history and fantasy buffs alike. His novels include BORDERLAND (Reed), PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD (Penguin Random House) and EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD (Penguin Random House).
Nikki Crutchley
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 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.
Elisabeth Easther
Actress, radio host and author, Elisabeth writes for publications all over the world mainly about travel, the arts, culture and people. She has written several five-part radio serials and is also an award-winning playwright. Editor of the bestselling anthology BIRD WORDS (Penguin Random House, 2017) Elisabeth has also appeared on television screens presenting the top-rating documentary series ISLANDS OF THE GULF which she also wrote. She is currently writing her first novel, SEED.
Antony Elworthy
After studying design and illustration in Wellington, Antony works as a children's book illustrator and a stop-motion animator. His career has provided opportunities to live in many parts of the world with his lovely wife and four charming sons. The family currently lives in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand.
Richard Fairgray
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.
Greg Fowler
Greg lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife, three children, two dogs and one cat. Having worked in the risk financing industry in various locations around the world, including a stint with government contractors in Washington DC, a return to his roots allowed him to focus on his dream of writing. His first novel T IS FOR TREE, was published in the UK. Greg is currently working on multiple projects; all with an undeniably unique flavour that can appeal to all ages.
Micheal Giles
Michael lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University and has published short stories in literary magazines such as The Black Warrior Review. THE ANNESLY'S TUTOR is his first novel.
Clare Halford
As a small child, Clare had three obsessions: writing endless stories about mice, cramming sketchbooks with comedy doodles and attempting to heal all the animals that got squished on her road.
Forty years later she’s now a real doctor who writes medical detective fiction and draws a regular cartoon strip; but deep down her mission remains a simple one - to create good, interesting and beautiful things, and share them with the world.
Angelique Kasmara
Angelique was awarded the Sir James Wallace Prize for the 2016 Master of Creative Writing Programme, University of Auckland. The recipient of a Michael King Emerging Writers Residency in 2018, she spent the time writing the last chapter of her debut novel, Isobar Precinct, which is now shortlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize.
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.
John Lockyer
A teacher for more than 30 years, John has over 150 titles in print, many published for the educational market. He has also written picture books for children, covering a diverse range of topics. THE KEA (Reed) was a finalist for the Elsie Locke Award in 2002, and A HISTORY OF NEW ZEALAND received a Booksellers Gold Award. WILLIE APIATA VC (Puffin) was a finalist in the Non-Fiction category of the 2010 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
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.
Rohan McLachlan
Rohan completed the Faber Academy's Novel Writing course, while living in London, where she also drew inspiration for her debut novel, Drawing Grace. 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.
Tony McLaren
Tony has worked for ITV in London where he created and produced both drama and entertainment. In the 1980s he produced a live daytime soap and a primetime around-the world quiz with David Frost. He was the first to sell his own original entertainment formats into the USA, working with 20th Century Fox, Endemol Germany, London Weekend, and Beyond in Australia. He is currently developing television drama series and writing a novel.
Eileen Merriman
Eileen Merriman 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
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.
Nick Paul
Nick Paul is a writer, dad and skateboarder who lives in Washington, DC. His first book, UNCLE JAMES AND THE DELICIOUS MONSTER, was published in his home country, South Africa. He writes slightly educational adventure stories for tweens and young adults, and is a fan of such classic children’s and YA authors as Arthur Ransome, Mary Renault, Rosemary Sutcliffe and Susan Cooper.
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
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).
Carmen Radtke
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005 she moved to New Zealand with her family and now lives in York, UK.
A former print reporter Carmen writes novels and film scripts, often inspired by true events. Her novel WALKING IN THE SHADOW made it to the longlist of the UK’s Mslexia competition. THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE (Bloodhound Books) was published in September 2017. She currently working on its sequel.
Vanessa Raphaely
Vanessa started her career in London where she launched her brainchild, Zest, Hearst’s first health and beauty magazine. She returned home to Cape Town to edit Cosmopolitan South Africa and work as Content Director of Associated Magazines across all titles, including O, The Oprah Magazine and Marie Claire. She has written two children's books and is a co-founder of The Village. Her first adult novel, PLUS ONE, will be published in late 2018 by Pan Macmillan SA.
Douglas Renall
While completing a Bachelor of Wine Science and Viticulture concurrent, Douglas worked at some of New Zealand’s top wineries. In early 2017 he moved to Bordeaux, France and began working for the prestigious Chateau Langoa and Leoville Barton. His beautifully illustrated first book, 100 GREAT NEW ZEALAND WINERIES, published in October 2017, covers the viticulture methods, oenology practices and people who work in the vineyards and cellars to produce some of the world’s best New World wines.
Michelle Rhodes
Michelle lives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. She has recently completed her diplomas in Applied Writing and Professional Editing, and in 2015 won the NZ Society of Authors Northland Award for excellence. Her poem, DESERT DREAMING, and a short story were published in NorthTec’s anthology, DANCING ON AIR. Michelle self-published her first novel, SALT SKIN, in 2017 and is currently working on her second.
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
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 is a GP, inspirational speaker and author living in Tutukaka, NZ with her partner.
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.
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.
Mandy Sacher
Mandy Sacher is a pediatric nutritionist, child nutrition expert, blogger and mother of two based in Sydney, Australia. Her private practice focuses on prenatal and childhood nutrition and for the past five years Mandy has consulted to daycares on implementing whole food menu plans. Her nutritional workshops are held at preschools, mother’s groups, non-profit organisations and medical practices. WHOLESOME CHILD: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook was published in Australia in September 2017
Victor Schonfeld
Victor, a producer-writer-director of critically acclaimed, award-winning documentaries, is best-known for The Animals Film, now a British Film Institute classic. Based in London, he holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of London, where he was awarded a Fellowship for Literary Excellence. He has written a literary psychological thriller and a mould-breaking illustrated true story.
Brandy Scott
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.
Jacques Steenkamp
Jacques Steenkamp was born and raised in South Africa where he became one of the country’s most respected crime and investigative journalists. His first book THE GRIEKWASTAD MURDERS: THE CRIME THAT SHOOK SOUTH AFRICA sold over twenty thousand copies and is currently being adapted into a feature film. He was also contracted to write NO MORE HEROES: OSCAR PISTORIUS’S FALL FROM GRACE. Jacques moved to New Zealand in 2016 and is currently working on his first crime thriller.
Anna Theed
Anna is a mum of four, writer, florist and flower farmer living on Waiheke - an island off the north island of New Zealand. With a passion for everything silly, a desire to share her love of the written word with children everywhere and a personal mission to help keep print books alive she created Beeswax Books. JUICY THE PEACH AND THE POPCORN PALAVER is her debut children’s book and the first in a series about Juicy’s wild and wacky adventures.
Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas worked in the media, writing, directing and producing in radio, television and film for 30 years before she published THE KEEPER OF SECRETS and its sequel, RACHEL'S LEGACY. In June 2018 LEVI'S WAR, the final instalment of the Horowitz Chronicles will be published. She has also published BLOOD, WINE and CHOCOLATE, a black comedic thriller set in the UK and on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
Michelle Vernal
A local newspaper reporter, blogger and avid Facebook user, Michelle lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her three-legged, black cat called Blue, husband Paul and teenage sons Josh and Daniel. Her self-published ebooks – THE BRAZILIAN JOB, SECOND HAND JANE and BEING SHIRLEY all appear on Amazon to good reviews. Harper Impulse published THE TRAVELLER’S DAUGHTER in 2017 and SWEET HOME SUMMERin January 2018. Michelle writes with warmth, humour and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
Meredith Whitford
Meredith is a novelist, biographer and editor who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Her first novel, TREASON, about Richard III, won an international Eppie Award for Historical Fiction. CHURCHILL'S REBELS: Jessica Mitford & Esmond Romilly won a Wishing Shelf Reader’s Award. She's also written SHAKESPEARE'S WILL and MISSING CHRISTINA, her only contemporary novel.
Sonya Wilson
Sonya spent nearly 20 years working as a television reporter, presenter and producer before doing a Masters in Creative Writing and completing her debut middle grade novel. She continues to freelance as a journalist. She also hosts festival panels of various kinds, and helps out at the film and television post-production company she co-owns with her husband. She lives in Auckland.
Anne-Marie Yerks
Anne-Marie is a fiction writer, essayist and digital journalist from the Metropolitan Detroit area. After earning an MFA from George Mason University, she wrote three books about the internet and contributed to magazines, journals, and websites while working full-time as a multimedia designer. Her personal essays have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Marie Claire, and in literary journals like Juked and Streetlight. In 2016, her novel DREAM JUNKIES was published by New Rivers Press.
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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.