Caroline BarronThe 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…
Jane BloomfieldQueenstown writer, 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
Vanessa ClarksonA 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 CloughBorn 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 ColstonFifi 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 CopseySue 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 CrossGary 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 CrutchleyNikki 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 CunninghamMatthew 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 EastherActress, 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 ElworthyAfter 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 FairgrayWith 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 FensterGigi’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.
Greg FowlerGreg 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 GilesMichael 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 HalfordAs 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 KasmaraAngelique 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 her debut novel Isobar Precinct, which was also shortlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize. An excerpt will appear in upcoming anthology Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand.
Tannis LaidlawTannis 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 LockyerA 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 McGrathRaymond 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 McLachlanRohan 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 McLarenTony 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 MerrimanEileen 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 MewburnKyle 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 PaulNick 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. PayneJackson 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 PowlesDespite 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).
Vanessa RaphaelyVanessa 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 RenallWhile 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 RhodesMichelle 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 RichardsonPaddy 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 RobinsonTammy 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 RocheLauren 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.