Based on a true story and an award-winning blog, From Pavlova to Pork Pies is a tragi-comedy that will have you laughing and crying at ‘Hurricane Meg’s’ adventures, the family’s determination to stay together and their search for love, laughs and the way home.
An End of Honour moves from the Musket Wars battlefields of Taranaki to the campaigns of the American mid-West and back again to the Land Wars via the society of colonial Auckland. Told by an historian-turned-novelist, it’s the story of two highly-principled men who see beyond division, race and greed to find unity in the thought that, if one has no honour, one has nothing.
Award winning author Jean Gilbert’s latest work, co-authored with William Dresden, is a modern YA fantasy called Light In My Dark, a tale of love, betrayal, and self-discovery. Jean’s science fiction novels: Shifters, Ardus, and The Vault from The Vault Agency Series are published by Rogue House Publishing. You can find her short story Blonde Obsession in Baby Teeth: Bite Size Tales of Terror published by Paper Road Press, and SJV finalist Pride in Contact Light Anthology.
Lyndsay was born in Otaki, on the Kapiti Coast – one of twin girls. Her education started at a small country school, Te Horo Primary School, followed by education in Shannon, Levin and three years in St Mary’s Diocesan School in Stratford, Taranaki. Lyndsay’s infant-care career began in 1959 when she trained at a Karitane Hospital in Wanganui – which at the time was one of five specialist Karitane Hospitals in New Zealand.
Jonathan was born in New Zealand, in the shadow of Huntly’s coal-fired power station. He first came to fame as the singer of the infamous punk band Proud Scum in 1979.
He spent the ‘80s and ‘90s in Sydney as a playwright and taxi driver. And he’s been hiding in Melbourne ever since, churning out his first novel and two collections of short stories.
Interviewed by Gerard Smith on the TV show The Beat Goes On, Jonathan Griffiths talks about the launch of the book, The Road Behind. View the video here
James was a journalist until he was made redundant in February this year. Luckily his self-published trilogy of children’s picture books, The Dragon Brothers, have become best-sellers in New Zealand, and next year will be published in the US/Canada, the UK and China. He is currently working on the first of a series of children’s novels, the first of which will be published early next year.
Katherine Dewar has just launched her debut novel, Ruby and the Blue Sky, published worldwide. A feminist climate change thriller, the book is a compelling and provocative modern novel about fame, power, sacrifice – and tea.
“Beautiful, fierce, thriving. This is Ruby’s world and I want in.” Metiria Turei, Green Party.
Kirsten McKenzie is a full time author, currently working on the edits for the next book in the Old Curiosity Shop series – The Last Letter.
Her first book, Fifteen Postcards, was published by Accent Press in the United Kingdom in May 2015. She has also had work published in print anthologies, and online.
Earth’s End Publishing is a boutique publishing house dedicated to producing comics and graphic novels by New Zealand’s finest cartoonists. Our current titles include: The Dharma Punks by Ant Sang, and a new edition of the iconic kiwi classic, Terry Teo and the Gunrunners by Bob Kerr & Stephen Ballantyne.
Ancient moa flew to New Zealand? Kiwi are most closely related to the Madagascan elephant bitrd? Preposterous! But true. In Birds of the West Wind, Garry Sheeran traces how modern science is upsetting many apple carts in the origin stories of New Zealand birds, and tells of his own latter day interest in birds with enthusiasm, originality and charm.
Mark creates award-winning picture books with his wife Rowan on Waiheke Island. Published in 9 languages across 14 countries, their titles include Two Little Bugs, The Boy and the Cherry Tree, Cork on the Ocean, I Love Lemonade and the best-selling Baa Baa Smart Sheep.
Rahra illustrations are cute, a little bit quirky, and currently available as prints to bring a little bit of unique personality into your home. Drawn with pencil, coloured with water-colour pencils and finished with ink. Available as a freelance illustrator for your beautiful stories.
Adventure/fantasy author and photographer Russell Meek returns from Europe with book three of The Khalada Stone series – A Dark Heart Rises: Part I. If you love sweeping deserts, Arabic mystery, manipulation, betrayal and intrigue all bound up in a ‘swords and arrows’ fantasy realm, then you and I have things to discuss!
Of Scottish descent, John was born in 1940 in Lower Hutt. He went to Australia for almost 29 years, and also spent time up in PNG. Upon his return to NZ he got serious about writing
Paul Martin is an illustrator and author, and lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, where he is the owner of Riverstone Design Studio.
Paul’s graphic novel ‘Flight of the Kiwi’, was inspired while playing rugby in France. Paul played professional rugby for Waikato, the Chiefs and in France for many years, and has had many adventures of his own.
Gary started writing again after a very long break. The Charles Langham Series was born following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The books have a life of their own and require a lot of research for factual accuracy which helps to keep the mind active. His wife Davina helps with proofreading, continuity and research.
Simon started writing about his extensive sailing experiences at the age of sixty five. His first book, ‘Sea Legs, a Boat’s Story’ is about how he came to own and sail a little yacht called Rivale halfway around the world. He is currently writing ‘Sea Legs, Part II’, continuing his ocean-going adventures.
Like many New Zealand authors Robert Philip Bolton found it impossible to break into the publishing establishment and so began publishing his own books.
After a career in advertising he began freelance writing in 1983. He gradually reduced his commercial writing and now dedicates himself to his own fiction which is mostly about New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Yvonne has been awarded honours; APSNZ (Associate of the Photographic Society of NZ); has a Diploma in Photojournalism and studied Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Graduate School of Business. Yvonne lives in Birkenhead, is married, and has two children and three grandchildren.
My day job is working in television, but my fun writing is in the areas of poetry and philosophy with a spiritual leaning. Won Ashton-Wylie 2007 Award for Unpublished Manuscript for “Striving to Be Human”, a search for a moral yardstick that works in contemporary Western secular, multi-cultural societies. Have set up Attar Media to put out music, literature and films that explore our shared spirituality.
Owen is a keen genealogist and rugby fanatic a lover of history. Using his hobby as a point of reference, always wondering what it would be like to live back in the turbulent times of New Zealand’s history wrote his first novel with this in mind. Whispers of the Past.
Doctor Wendy Gillespie was born in Waihi, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She is a very family oriented person and is passionate about early childhood development. This is Wendy’s first children’s book and is based on an event in the life of Carter, who is one of her six grandchildren.
With my love for art, books, and educating our future leaders in emotional intelligence, I have created this set of books and learning materials, to support children between the ages of 3 to 8, in developing their skills in perceiving, understanding and managing emotions.
Janet’s rollercoaster memoir, Take a Walk on the Wild Side, was an ASHTON WYLIE LITERARY AWARD FINALIST in 2015 and has just been republished as, The Wild Side. Janet is a convicted kidnapper and Meth-survivor who now writes real life stories that bring real hope.
Sam’s late father-in-law’s diaries, manuscripts and one published book contained a wealth of information about the South Pacific and in particular Fiji. He has revised the book which is now called “The Men from Vavalagi.” Sam has since written his own books from this collection of writings including, “Scuttlebutt,, “The Maroro Story” and “Savusavu, Fiji – A Snapshot in Time .“
Ana Lisa de Jong is a poet and inspirational writer. Motivated by her love of the written word, art, nature, God and people, she writes daily, for her own benefit and other’s encouragement. Ana Lisa’s third volume of poetry in three years is on its way to print and completes her ‘Poetry for the Soul’ series.
Dee is a writer and gardener. She has published a wide range of books including maritime, environment and health science. She makes natural science accessible and exciting. Her latest book Exploring Nature’s Pattern Magic was one of seven winners for the Storylines Notable Book Awards for 2016 in the non-fiction section. It also made the list of “50 best books for kids” in the NZ Listener.
Dark Fantasy / Paranormal Romance – Tempted by the shadows, S. M. Budden brings you her debut novel – Credulous. A test of love and trust in a world beyond the concept of reality.
ZR Southcombe is a writer and artist. Her published literary works include children’s chapter books, a wordless picture book, colouring books, a children’s anthology, and zines. She makes art for her own fulfillment, but loves when she can share her passion with others inspiring them to follow their own dreams, wherever they may lead.
Louise has written poetry and short stories however Kapowai’s Birthday is the first book she has independently published. She has loved words since she realised she could read them.
Lizzi loves using her experiences as an equine veterinarian, equestrian, animal lover and teacher in her Historical Romantic Suspense sagas and upcoming girl-country vet stories. Her debut novel A Long Trail Rolling is multiply awarded. The Long Trails Quadrilogy follows her characters from 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand. Adult/YA
Reader John enjoyed the tales of his Scottish grandfather told him when he was a wee lad. He has had many pets in his lifetime that include Panther, a Burmese Mandalay. Reader John currently resides in Bayswater, Auckland. The Best Friend in my Life is his first book.
Jo Carson-Barr has been writing for children for about five years. Jo has spent many years working with people who are differently abled and her hope is to write more books including different types of people in her stories. Married to Rod. She is the mother of three grown up children and grandmother of six.
Paul lives in Petone, near Wellington. Maria Goretti and Me is his debut published novel. His next novel, The Goal Kicker, is set to be published before Christmas 2016. Paul has been a journalist and solo parent.
“The Walnut Legacy” is my first novel. I was inspired by the legacy of strong family values originating from my Chinese great grandfather, Thomas Coto. The novel has also been translated into simplified and classical Chinese and shared around the world. I am currently working on a sequel.
I’ve been published in a number of award winning anthologies, and now I am finally releasing my longer works as an Independent author. I’ve been an Australian Shadows finalist for Best Short Story, and am a Sir Julius Vogel award winning editor, both things I am very proud of. I’m hoping to add more accolades to the list in the near future.
Kwizzel Publishing is an independent publishing company especially offering illustrated children’s books, social history stories from New Zealand and Norfolk Island, and award winning plays for performance at reasonable rates in community theatre.
Catherine is a Tauranga based multimedia artist and author. Her work aims to use art as a means of communication about various issues she is passionate about. In 2016 she launched a crowdfunder to support the publication of her first children’s picture book, A Creature.
Alexis Waterhouse is a counsellor, CBT Therapist and author. For the majority of her career she has specialized in the areas of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, abuse and addiction. Her book Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope is for those who need encouragement and a sense of love and community around them in times of struggle.
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven.
Anya Forest is a New Zealand writer and author of “A Southern Star”, “A Forgotten Sky” and “A Remembered Land”, contemporary romance novels set in southern New Zealand. Anya is currently working on her next romance novel and has previously worked as a freelance editor and writer for various organisations.
Robyn was born in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland, and grew up with a love of reading and telling stories. After travelling and working around the world Robyn lives in New Zealand and has a Kiwi son and two grandsons. She has told and written children’s stories and short stories for many years.
I’ve completed a second Masters degree in Creative Writing, in 2012, with AUT University and have begun self publishing some of my works as Picture books of ancient Samoan stories, a collection of plays and anticipating a collection of short stories, poetry and novels…
Sound/speech/silence – what we hear; what we say; what we think … the sounds of the earth, the sea and sky. Language lifts man or destroys him. In periods or stages of my writing years my soul goes through playing with words, with ideas.
Inspired by a huge stone chair built at Thorne Bay ninety years ago, Giant Jasper Trilogy explains the reason why the chair was built. Jasper’s big Surprise and Jasper and the Troll Bridge continue the friendly giant’s adventures.
Evan Andrew had his first Regency historical novel, ‘Shadows In The Night,’ published in 2008. This was followed by ‘The Spanish Woman,’ based on a true story, set in Turkey in the 17th century. Then came a sequel Regency novel, ‘Shadows of Doubt,’ in 2012. The Boxer rebellion in China in 1900 was the basis of ‘Beware of The Dragon,’ published in 2014.
Barbara Algie writes serious and humorous poetry, ‘The Anzac Poppy’ was published in an Overseas Anthology, her winning story and poems appeared in ‘Magic in the Air’, a children’s volume, and she is a regular contributor to the NZSPCA quarterly magazine. She was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 1970. Other books include ‘Zino,’ ‘Raunchy Rhymes and Quotable Quotes,’ ‘Golfing Cats’ and ‘Golfaholics Galore.’
John has written the story and lyrics for a number of successful rock musicals (including Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess, Starblaze, Valley of the Voodons, and Windust) a crime novel Uncommon Enemy, and several textbooks. He has a PhD from the University of Auckland and has been a teacher/lecturer in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Canada, the USA and Zimbabwe.
A family therapist living in Orewa, Erin has travelled through a number of third world countries and uses her observations and experiences of life to enrich her writing on the spiritual paths and personal development of her characters. Her first book Cissy was published in 2014 and her second book, On Lion Rock will be published before the end of 2016.
Janet of Jampot Books started writing books in the year 2000. She lives with her partner Davyd in the bushy Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand. There are lots of native birds around their home providing inspiration for Janet’s stories.
I’m Shiree, a freelance journalist who has always wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. It’s taken me a while to get around to it, though I first enrolled in a children’s book illustration course after I got back from my OE. My first book is certainly a labour of love. My family were the inspiration for The Hunt for Polar One.
Jenner Lichtwark is a former journalist who now edits fiction and writes cosy murder mysteries, young adult urban fantasy (the Severn vampire series set backstage in a local theatre), and children’s books. Jenner runs Millwheel Press, an editing service and boutique publisher. @JLORourkeAuthor
“Blood on the Mirror” A Journey of a Heart – from emotional abandonment…..mental torment, suicidal strongholds, and soul entanglement. To a life of emotional embrace…. mental wholeness, physical belonging and spirit filled freedom. This is not a pleasant journey, but it is a victorious one. Come with me on my voyage into infinity.
Keitha wrote her first book – a children’s twist-a-plot novel – as a class project when she was sixteen. In her twenties and thirties her love of writing continued to grow, with her main focus being on writing women’s fiction, exploring life’s rich tapestry through funny, flawed and familial fictional characters.
Lila Richards wrote her first novel at 11. Now living in Auckland with three cats, she works for the MetService as an editor and proofreader, visits the Middle Ages via the Society for Creative Anachronism, loves everything Art Deco, and collects old movies, owls, and vintage paraphernalia.
My three previous published books (French Leave, Painting out the Past, Travels Without a Donkey) were concerned with travel and art. However Corrupted on the Côte d’Azur is a self published crime novel. The question is – will the rich and influential villain manage to corrupt the legal system and escape justice?
Claire Bunt was born in Picton. From her home in Onehunga, Auckland she looks out over the Manukau Harbour. She hopes that her books What Ever Happened to Milo?, The Green Hat That Blew Away, A Day of Surprizes, and Walter’s Story will nurture in children a love of reading.
Suzanne Singleton and Ian Clarke have published fiction independently. Suzanne’s writing reflects her insight into human relations, garnered during a career in education and psychology. Similarly Ian’s fiction was inspired by his career with the maritime industry and a childhood spent in India. Their books include The Promise, The Koneke, and Boundary Flat Flounders ( Suzanne) and A Very Fishy Business, The Bungalow and Strange Company (Ian).
With an extensive background and love of animation it seemed a natural progression to add children’s author to her list of talents. Max and his big imagination was inspired by Chrissy’s love for her nephew and the way kids see the world. As a new mother, one of her most favourite things is getting to see all the little things in life, all over again.
I struggled through school. Homework took me hours more than anyone else to complete. Reading a chapter of a book for English class was a nightmare. I considered myself fortunate that no teacher ever asked me to read aloud in class as I would not have been able to do it. The white page and black text moved in and out on each other and everything was out of focus, other than the word I was intently looking at.
My graduation piece for a presentation skills course was, “Breeding Before Forty” and got enough laughs that I was persuaded to take part in a Rookies’ Night at an Auckland comedy club. I stayed on the professional for three years with my ‘Excess Baggage Series’ the end result.
Vicky is fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers of our country, especially the women, who needed strength of mind as well as body to survive, let alone flourish, in a country still coming to terms with its existence. Being a genealogist in love with history, these men and women and their ancestors drive her stories.
James Russell’s childhood was typically Kiwi – barefoot and outdoors. It’s this connection with nature, and a carefree child’s life that he tries to re-create in his books. His self-published Dragon Brothers Trilogy is soon to be published in the US and China. A novel is also underway.
Originally from UK, Ellie’s interest is helping migrants become more settled. This self-help book is for migrants and for those who want to know more about them. Ellie lives in Mangatangi with her husband and the last of their four children.
p.d.r. makes New Zealand home. Born in Ireland, brought up in Yorkshire, educated in England, Canada and New Zealand, writer p.d.r. lindsay is also Mrs Salmon, Ms Lindsay-Salmon and even for eight years in Japan, Professor Lindsay-Salmon. This wide experience of different cultures colours her writing and keeps her travelling.
Writer’s Choice is a writers’ publishing cooperative which acts like a traditional publisher for its members. Novels are selected or rejected, worked on, professionally edited, proof read and designed. Finally the novel is approved, and published with the Writer’s Choice quality fiction seal.
My family arrived on the Larkin in 1849. The ninth ship to bring settlers to Dunedin, and we were some of the first settlers in New Zealand. I grew up listening to wonderful stories about early colonial life in Dunedin. The Early Settlers’ Museum provided me with pictures and artefacts and I added them to the family stories and my heroine, Elean, and her story were born.
G.J. lives in San Diego with his favorite tango dancing partner, his wife. G. J’s debut novel, South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon, won the 2012 San Diego historical fiction awards. “Burnt Rocks” is the sequel to “Four Nails” and tells the mostly true story of the youngest daughter of Sinorix after the empire of Carthage has fallen to Rome. Both novels are Writer’s Choice novels.
Karolyn Timarkos loves cats, WOMAD festivals, the Oxford Comma, and travelling. She dislikes cockroaches, political correctness, and people who don’t know the difference between your and you’re. Karolyn is the author of the young-adult sci-fi fantasy series The Atlas Chronicles, and runs the websiteLittle Peppe & Friends.
Stacey lives in Ashburton with her husband and three children. With a love of the written word, she decided to take the plunge and try her hand at writing and has never looked back. Stacey has one thriller novel and three novellas under her belt.