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 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 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
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.
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
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 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, 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.
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 @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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 @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 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 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 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 @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.
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.
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
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.
Melinda Szymanik @melszym
Melinda writes award-winning fiction for children and young adults. Her picture book, The Were-Nana, won the New Zealand Post Children’s Choice Award in 2009, was a 2009 Storylines Notable Book, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Sakura Medal. Melinda regularly does ‘writers in schools’ visits, and was the 2014 University of Otago, College of Education, Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence.
Cliff Taylor
Cliff is a journalist and author who has travelled widely and written for a range of publications, including The Independent in London, the Herald On Sunday and the Sunday Star-Times. He spent eight years at the BBC World Service as a journalist and producer, covering African news and current affairs. He has had three novels published; The Freedom Junkies, Instant God and Swimming To Paris, and recently completed a fourth novel.
Jessica Thomas
Jessica is an author, illustrator and artist. She gained her Masters in both Creative Writing and History from Auckland University. She has had short stories and artwork published in Beyond the Levee: Tales from Beyond and in Fresh Ink: A Collection of Voices from Aotearoa (New Zealand).
She is passionate about writing the stories she wishes were on the shelves when she was growing up.
Julie Thomas @JMThomasauthor
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.
Zirk van den Berg @ZirkvandenBerg
Zirk writes in English and Afrikaans. He has published literary stories, Ekstra Dun vir Meer Gevoel, a short novel Wydsbeen, and the crime novel Nobody Dies (Random House, 2004) was published in Afrikaans as ‘n Ander Mens and released as a film in 2019. His novella Ek Wens, Ek Wens won the W.A. Hofmeyr Prize for literature. The English version of this book, I Wish, I Wish, is set for release in New Zealand in October 2020.
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.
Angela Walker
Angela specialises in writing narrative non-fiction. Her first book, a true Second World War story, was published in the UK in 2017. Her writing has appeared on Newsroom, Stuff, and The Spinoff. Angela also writes children’s picture books and was a runner-up in the Joy Cowley Awards in 2018. An Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist herself, Angela is currently writing the story of one of New Zealand’s sporting greats.
Sonya Wilson @sowilsonrightnow
Sonya spent nearly 20 years working as a television reporter, presenter and producer before doing a Masters in Creative Writing. Her debut middle grade novel will be published in 2021 by Ahoy!. Sonya 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.
Anna Woods @annawoodsauthor
Anna has been published in a range of journals including Landfall, Takahē, Poetry New Zealand and others, as well as the recent anthology Ko Aotearoa Tātou - We Are New Zealand. She was awarded a NZSA mentorship in 2019 to work on her debut novel APPLE MOON.
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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.