SATURDAY 11, NOVEMBER

MT EDEN WAR MEMORIAL HALL

Cynderella Helen Handwatch

Cynderella Helen Handwatch is affectionately known as Cindy by family and friends. Pursuing a law and bible degree, and being an avid bible student, she embraced the latter and finally obtained a Bachelor of Theology Degree in April 2000. With the degree under her belt, she was officially ordained as Pastor in December 2010.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand F1)

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Renell Judais

Auckland-based Proof Perfect provides editing, copy editing and proofreading services for manuscripts of all types and genres. My purpose is to help authors write better and realise their goals, whether they’re seeking acceptance from a traditional publishing house or are looking to self-publish. I am guided by the author’s specific needs, and I respect their style, unique voice and ownership of the material.

Genres: Business (Stand F2)

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Claudia Gibb

Minty the Blue whale is seeking adventure! From New Zealand to New York, across the oceans of the world. Join Minty as he travels from sea to city. A whale tale about following your dreams, having the courage to do the right thing and saving our precious oceans. 4-10 years Big dreamers & adventurers of all ages.

Genres: Children (Stand B12)

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Izak Terblanche

Izak was born in South Africa but now resides in Auckland. He writes part time. This is his first book in what is going to be a series. He is also writing other fictional works as well as childrens books.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand C1-1)

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Helen Tau'au Filisi

Helen is an author, artist, educator, blogger and busy mum. She is SamoaNZ and her parents hail from Fasitoo-uta and Faleula. Her Christian faith and culture support her in being a self published author/illustrator of 12 books since 2015. She is currently busy with PhD studies and teaches in the Indigenous Research space at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Genres: Children, Short Short/Poetry (A3)

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Monique Richardson

After Monique caught her mischievous but sweet sausage dog, Rocky, stuffing his face with bread that was left on a table, she knew that he was a bit of a troublemaker. She soon realised that this was only one story of many and started thinking about how she could share them.

Genres: Children (Stand E4)

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Anita Mary

Anita Mary is an artist, author, wife, mother & overcomer who lives in Papakura - she is a Hope bringer & encourager - she published her autobiography in 2016 - Blood On The Mirror is a Raw, Real & Relevant journey through misfortune & abuse to healing & forgiveness - you can follow Anita Mary on her fb profile or her new Foundation page.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C7)

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David Riley

David Riley grew up in South Auckland. He graduated from Auckland Uni with an MA in Social Anthropology. He has over 20 years’ experience as a high school Drama and English teacher. He’s also worked as a researcher and journalist and writes books and reading resources for teachers and young people. He’s written three plays and 22 books.

Genres: Children, Non-Fiction (Stand C10)

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Judy Tindill

Jude Thomas is the pen name of Judy Tindill. She was born and raised in New Zealand's deep south and now lives at Mangawhai, Northland. Her first full-length novel Southern Gold is set in her home town Dunedin during the 1800's gold rush. Jude is currently working on the first sequel in the Gold series.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand C3)

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John Reynolds

John Reynolds has written the plot and lyrics for five full-length musicals. His first novel Uncommon Enemy was in the historical What-If genre. His second young adult novel Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess. The experience gained informed the content of his new book Writing Your First Novel, a book for fiction and aspiring fiction writers.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand C11)

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Kate Key

After studying at Natcoll Design Technology I got my Diploma in Graphic Design. I've worked with companies and bloggers, creating new branding, packaging and editorial design. In 2016 I ventured out to become a full time freelancer. Being able to work with wonderful individuals and companies while pursuing my passion for design is a dream come true.

Genres: Children, Illustrator (Stand E4)

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Keitha Smith

Keitha Smith is the author of four novels and co-author of one non-fiction book. Her novels examine what makes people tick and often explore what happens when a group of people come together – for whatever reason – to see what happens between them. She loves her characters and delights in bringing them to life on the page.

Genres: General Fiction, Business (Stand C9)

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IngramSpark 

IngramSpark is an award-winning independent publishing platform offering the indie publishing community the same print and digital products and global distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers. Open your book up to 39,000+ retailers and libraries and 70+ major online retailers worldwide. It’s your content. We help you do more with it.

Genres: Business (Stand E3)

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Karen Mills

Karen Mills grew up in Otara in Auckland. Her homelife was tumultuous and difficult. At fourteen years old she left home to live with a married couple who both taught at her school and credits their guidance and love as being instrumental in her survival. Karen became a teacher but writing a novel was a promise she made herself as a young woman.

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand E7)

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Jane Thorne - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 2.05pm - 2.25pm

Jane finds much of her happiness whilst painting and drawing most things, but has a special fondness for bugs and beetles. She is often found in her Waiuku studio drinking coffee and daydreaming. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally and she has illustrated ten books with more to come.

Genres: Illustrator - Kids'Zone fairy face painter (Stand A2)

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Helen Thornton-Gussy

Lasavia Publishing is an independent but global publishing company based in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It aims to publish the highest quality writing for adults and children. In addition to literary excellence and innovation, Lasavia is interested adventurous non-fiction and mixed media work, such as graphic novels.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand C2)

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Dave MacManus

The Copy Press is a leading producer and distributor of books for independent publishers.We offer editing, design, print and marketing services.Copy Press books are disributed via our reps to bookstores throughout New Zealand.

Genres: Children, Non-Fiction (Stand F2)

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Mary Jane Walker

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel memoirs that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane first experienced world travel as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be sailed from East to West. She has published five travel memoirs and three more are forthcoming.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand A6)

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Anna Natusch

With a degree in psychology and as a trained teacher, I was invited to teach at the Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital School for children and adolescents in 1976. I made a solemn vow to help those locked in a kind of hell, because of the Mental Health System, that is still happening. Over thirty years I wrote a journal which evolved into my book.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand B14)

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Adam Millen - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 1.05pm - 1.25pm

Adam Millen has written Jack Feels Big, a children's book to help kids learn the names for their feelings through illustrated stories. It covers Overwhelmed, Persistent, Frustrated, Brave and Lonely (in te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language). He's currently working on stories for another five feelings with Sophie as the main character.

Genres: Children (Stand C12)

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Megan Williams

Since childhood, MG Williams has enjoyed writing children’s stories. She now lives in Auckland, a stone’s throw from the sea, so can add this to the list of many places she’s travelled to. These places include a Hong Kong food market, a mountain top in Chile, a 500 year-old Scottish inn, and an Omani souq - in which she has penned her story ideas.

Genres: Children (Stand C12) - website in progress/email: mgwilliamsthebooknook@writeme.com


Ron Pemberton

Ron Pemberton was born in England and came to New Zealand in 1962. He is a sheet-metal worker by trade. He is a pilot and has been flying since 1979. His desire to write came at a later stage of his life. He has a third biographical work soon to be published. His first was a book on Trevor Bland, the founder of NZ Warbirds.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand E8)

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Christina Fraser

Christine Fraser is the illustrator for 'Home is where the heart Is'. 'Drawing is the art of my life,' she says. She lives in Red Hill, Papakura with husband John. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Christine enjoyed creating the detailed hand-drawn illustrations using a combination of watercolour paints and coloured pencils.

Genres: Illustrator (Stand C14)

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Kris Lockett

DIY Publishing Ltd helps authors publish their books and get to market. Our services include cover design, print layout, ebook formatting, production of marketing collateral and loading to Amazon and other online sales sites.

Genres: Business (Stand A7)

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Jenny Haworth

I am as both writer and publisher. I write both fiction and non-fiction and have been fulltime for around 30 years. My major successes have been my novels which have all but sold out and the Art of War on World War II artists. I have also written a biography of Robert McDougall and Auckland Then and Now

Genres: Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction (Stand E6)

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Nikki Crutchley

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She is the author of the crime/thriller ‘Nothing Bad Happens Here’, set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B6)

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Johanna Rae

I’m a former fashion designer, married mother of three, and coffee addict. I’ve always had a passion for writing. When I was five years old, I wanted to be a writer and an artist. I haven't deviated far from that mindset. I live in the rural Waikato where I share a gorgeous outlook with my family, cats, cows, chickens, and several crazy goats.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller,Romance (Stand A5)

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Judy Mulder - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 11.35am - 11.55am

Judy Mulder is the author of 'Home is Where the Heart Is.' She lives in Rothesay Bay, Auckland. Judy works locally at Pinehill School and enjoys sharing her passion for literacy with the students she works with. The idea for this story came about from a visit to Te Papa with her children. Her daughter chose a toy pukeko and named him PK Welly.

Genres: Children (Stand C14)

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R Murray

I am a London girl living in Auckland! Full time I work at a dog day care centre on the north shore in my spare time I write and read! I have published three books so far. Two of a three part paranormal series and the first book of a romantic suspense/thriller series.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller, Romance (Stand D3)

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Aleisha Maree Hayward

I'm an author, a mum to six, and a wife to my soul mate. I'm from Wakefield in the South Island. Living in the Waikato of the North Island, dairy farming with my husband, raising our children, installing the love for reading, and pursuing dreams in life no matter what. I sure am now with publishing my words and taking people’s minds on a journey.

Genres: Romance (Stand D3)

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Renata Spies - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 1.35pm - 1.55pm

"Spies Publishing was born from a passion for writing. Our nine-year-old son, Ben's passion for writing." Robert and Renata Spies started Spies Publishing when their 9 year old son, Ben Spies, started showing an incredible talent for writing. "At last, children's books actually written by a child."

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand E2)

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Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones is what’s known as “A Mature Writer”. That’s somebody who’s old enough to have the experiences to create a wide variety of stories but not the wisdom to keep them to himself. Within these splendid volumes you can judge the outcomes for yourself. Each contains approx 25 different views of his world.

Genres: Short Short/Poetry (Stand B5)

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PDR Lindsay

As a writer p.d.r. lindsay has always preferred historical stories about ordinary people, the ones whose names and lives we don't know much about. Reading the diaries and letters of parsons and farmers, wives and daughters, merchants and tradesmen showed her how the basic human dilemmas do not change over the centuries.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand A2)

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Jean Gilbert

Four time award winning author Jean Gilbert moved from Virginia, U.S. to New Zealand in 2005, and has since called the Waikato Valley (the Shire) her home. Jean’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

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand K3)

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Tina Shaw

Tina Shaw is a highly experienced manuscript assessor and tutor of creative writing. Her last novel 'The Children's Pond' was shortlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards.

Genres: General Fiction, Business (Stand K4)

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Gary Stephenson

Gary Paul Stephenson is the author of the Charles Langham political adventure Novel series.  We live in a world where greed turns the wheels of state, where environmental concerns take a back seat to the vast machine of global commerce. One man takes on the might of nations and whatever pulls their strings from the world troubled past.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand A8)

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Chris Else

Bookprinting.co.nz is a family owned business with over 20 years in the Industry, We produce your books right here in Auckland. We have the best machinery available to ensure you get the quality you expect. Supporting independent publishers is important to us. We have the knowledge to produce your book. Talk to us about your next project.

Genres: Children, Business (Stands A3-A4)

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Carne Maxwell

Carne Maxwell lives in Auckland with her husband and two teenage children. Carne’s profession as an artist led her to expand into the world of writing. One of her favourite times is sitting at a computer, visually seeing her stories unfold as her fingers tap away. Designing the covers and inside layouts puts the finishing touches to her work.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand A9)

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Nicole S Goodin

Nicole S Goodin is a contemporary romance author, wife and mother of two from Taranaki in New Zealand. Her first book, Rushed, was published in 2016. Nicole enjoys long walks on the beach, pillow fights and braiding her friends hair. She dislikes clichés, talking about herself in the third person, and people who don’t understand her sense of humour.

Genres: Romance (Stand B4)

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Louise de Varga

Winning the 2013 Kingi McKinnon Writing Scholarship gave me skills to write childrens’ stories. I’m passionate about reading and writing so in 2014 I published my Kapowai the Dragonfly story, and then organised the first NZ Book Festival. The festival celebrates four years in November and goes from strength to strength. Just like my writing.

Genres: Children

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Kirsten McKenzie

Years behind the counter of her family antique business gave Kirsten a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing. Her time slip novels have been called Antiques Roadshow gone viral. Her first horror novel, 'Painted' was released in 2017 and has been described as a subtle and delicate chiller.

Genres: Historical Fiction,Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B2)

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Robyn P Murray - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 12.05pm - 12.25pm

Robyn has enjoyed reading and writing all her life. Growing up in Northern Ireland, land of myths and legend fuelled her passion for storytelling. After travelling extensively when young she settled in New Zealand. Some years ago Robyn decided to publish some beautifully illustrated childrens books and several books of short stories followed.

Genres: Children / Short Story (Stand D5) - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 12.05pm - 12.25pm

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ZR Southcombe

Zee is a writer & artist. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards &she has had work commissioned for organisations including Artweek Auckland & Wellington Botanic Gardens. Zee works to promote other artists, especially youth. When not writing, Zee can be found with a cup of tea in hand, or out for a walk in the forests

Genres: Children, Non-Fiction (Stand A2)

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Vicky Adin

Vicky Adin is a historical fiction author fascinated with 19th Century pioneers. As a genealogist in love with history, these immigrants and their ancestors drive Vicky’s stories inspired by real people, with real experiences. She holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in English and Education. When not writing you will always find Vicky reading. She also loves to go caravanning or cruising with her husband.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand A1)

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Andrene Low

My graduation piece for a presentation skills course I took for work was entitled, “Breeding before Forty” and garnered enough laughs that I was persuaded to take part in a rookies’ night at an Auckland comedy club. I was enough of a success that the club asked me back and I stayed on the professional stand-up circuit for three years. It was when I was writing for stand-up that I realized I wanted to try my hand at something longer. I undertook courses to learn the basics and only then was I able to fulfil my dream of writing a full-length novel.

Genres: General Fiction,Other (Stand B3)

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Fiona Cole

BigWords-Books offers professional editing, design, printing and marketing services for authors looking to self-publish to bookstore standards. Not only can we help you with each stage of the publishing process, we also have a range of marketing services and training for self-promotion. Fiona Cole will be onsite to answer any questions.

Genres: Business (Stand B1)

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Renell Judais

Auckland-based Proof Perfect provides editing, copy editing and proofreading services for manuscripts of all types and genres. My purpose is to help authors write better and realise their goals, whether they’re seeking acceptance from a traditional publishing house or are looking to self-publish. I am guided by the author’s specific needs, and I respect their style, unique voice and ownership of the material.

Genres: Business (Stand F2)

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IngramSpark 

IngramSpark is an award-winning independent publishing platform offering the indie publishing community the same print and digital products and global distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers. Open your book up to 39,000+ retailers and libraries and 70+ major online retailers worldwide. It’s your content. We help you do more with it.

Genres: Business (Stand E3)

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Helen Thornton-Gussy

Lasavia Publishing is an independent but global publishing company based in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It aims to publish the highest quality writing for adults and children. In addition to literary excellence and innovation, Lasavia is interested adventurous non-fiction and mixed media work, such as graphic novels.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand C2)

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Dave MacManus

The Copy Press is a leading producer and distributor of books for independent publishers.We offer editing, design, print and marketing services.Copy Press books are disributed via our reps to bookstores throughout New Zealand.

Genres: Children, Non-Fiction (Stand F2)

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Kris Lockett

DIY Publishing Ltd helps authors publish their books and get to market. Our services include cover design, print layout, ebook formatting, production of marketing collateral and loading to Amazon and other online sales sites.

Genres: Business (Stand A7)

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Jenny Haworth

I am as both writer and publisher. I write both fiction and non-fiction and have been fulltime for around 30 years. My major successes have been my novels which have all but sold out and the Art of War on World War II artists. I have also written a biography of Robert McDougall and Auckland Then and Now

Genres: Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction (Stand E6)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Chris Else

Bookprinting.co.nz is a family owned business with over 20 years in the Industry, We produce your books right here in Auckland. We have the best machinery available to ensure you get the quality you expect. Supporting independent publishers is important to us. We have the knowledge to produce your book. Talk to us about your next project.

Genres: Children, Business (Stands A3-A4)

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Fiona Cole

BigWords-Books offers professional editing, design, printing and marketing services for authors looking to self-publish to bookstore standards. Not only can we help you with each stage of the publishing process, we also have a range of marketing services and training for self-promotion. Fiona Cole will be onsite to answer any questions.

Genres: Business (Stand B1)

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Cynderella Helen Handwatch

Cynderella Helen Handwatch is affectionately known as Cindy by family and friends. Pursuing a law and bible degree, and being an avid bible student, she embraced the latter and finally obtained a Bachelor of Theology Degree in April 2000. With the degree under her belt, she was officially ordained as Pastor in December 2010.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand F1)

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Claudia Gibb

Minty the Blue whale is seeking adventure! From New Zealand to New York, across the oceans of the world. Join Minty as he travels from sea to city. A whale tale about following your dreams, having the courage to do the right thing and saving our precious oceans. 4-10 years Big dreamers & adventurers of all ages.

Genres: Children (Stand B12)

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Izak Terblanche

Izak was born in South Africa but now resides in Auckland. He writes part time. This is his first book in what is going to be a series. He is also writing other fictional works as well as childrens books.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand C1-1)

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Helen Tau'au Filisi

Helen is an author, artist, educator, blogger and busy mum. She is SamoaNZ and her parents hail from Fasitoo-uta and Faleula. Her Christian faith and culture support her in being a self published author/illustrator of 12 books since 2015. She is currently busy with PhD studies and teaches in the Indigenous Research space at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Genres: Children, Short Short/Poetry (A3)

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Monique Richardson

After Monique caught her mischievous but sweet sausage dog, Rocky, stuffing his face with bread that was left on a table, she knew that he was a bit of a troublemaker. She soon realised that this was only one story of many and started thinking about how she could share them.

Genres: Children (Stand E4)

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Anita Mary

Anita Mary is an artist, author, wife, mother & overcomer who lives in Papakura - she is a Hope bringer & encourager - she published her autobiography in 2016 - Blood On The Mirror is a Raw, Real & Relevant journey through misfortune & abuse to healing & forgiveness - you can follow Anita Mary on her fb profile or her new Foundation page.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C7)

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David Riley

David Riley grew up in South Auckland. He graduated from Auckland Uni with an MA in Social Anthropology. He has over 20 years’ experience as a high school Drama and English teacher. He’s also worked as a researcher and journalist and writes books and reading resources for teachers and young people. He’s written three plays and 22 books.

Genres: Children, Non-Fiction (Stand C10)

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Judy Tindill

Jude Thomas is the pen name of Judy Tindill. She was born and raised in New Zealand's deep south and now lives at Mangawhai, Northland. Her first full-length novel Southern Gold is set in her home town Dunedin during the 1800's gold rush. Jude is currently working on the first sequel in the Gold series.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand C3)

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John Reynolds

John Reynolds has written the plot and lyrics for five full-length musicals. His first novel Uncommon Enemy was in the historical What-If genre. His second young adult novel Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess. The experience gained informed the content of his new book Writing Your First Novel, a book for fiction and aspiring fiction writers.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand C11)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Kate Key

After studying at Natcoll Design Technology I got my Diploma in Graphic Design. I've worked with companies and bloggers, creating new branding, packaging and editorial design. In 2016 I ventured out to become a full time freelancer. Being able to work with wonderful individuals and companies while pursuing my passion for design is a dream come true.

Genres: Children, Illustrator (Stand E4)

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Keitha Smith

Keitha Smith is the author of four novels and co-author of one non-fiction book. Her novels examine what makes people tick and often explore what happens when a group of people come together – for whatever reason – to see what happens between them. She loves her characters and delights in bringing them to life on the page.

Genres: General Fiction, Business (Stand C9)

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Karen Mills

Karen Mills grew up in Otara in Auckland. Her homelife was tumultuous and difficult. At fourteen years old she left home to live with a married couple who both taught at her school and credits their guidance and love as being instrumental in her survival. Karen became a teacher but writing a novel was a promise she made herself as a young woman.

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand E7)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Jane Thorne - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 2.05pm - 2.25pm

Jane finds much of her happiness whilst painting and drawing most things, but has a special fondness for bugs and beetles. She is often found in her Waiuku studio drinking coffee and daydreaming. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally and she has illustrated ten books with more to come.

Genres: Illustrator - Kids'Zone fairy face painter (Stand A2)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Mary Jane Walker

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel memoirs that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane first experienced world travel as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be sailed from East to West. She has published five travel memoirs and three more are forthcoming.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand A6)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Anna Natusch

With a degree in psychology and as a trained teacher, I was invited to teach at the Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital School for children and adolescents in 1976. I made a solemn vow to help those locked in a kind of hell, because of the Mental Health System, that is still happening. Over thirty years I wrote a journal which evolved into my book.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand B14)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


Adam Millen - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 1.05pm - 1.25pm

Adam Millen has written Jack Feels Big, a children's book to help kids learn the names for their feelings through illustrated stories. It covers Overwhelmed, Persistent, Frustrated, Brave and Lonely (in te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language). He's currently working on stories for another five feelings with Sophie as the main character.

Genres: Children (Stand C12)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Megan Williams

Since childhood, MG Williams has enjoyed writing children’s stories. She now lives in Auckland, a stone’s throw from the sea, so can add this to the list of many places she’s travelled to. These places include a Hong Kong food market, a mountain top in Chile, a 500 year-old Scottish inn, and an Omani souq - in which she has penned her story ideas.

Genres: Children (Stand C12) - website in progress/email: mgwilliamsthebooknook@writeme.com


Ron Pemberton

Ron Pemberton was born in England and came to New Zealand in 1962. He is a sheet-metal worker by trade. He is a pilot and has been flying since 1979. His desire to write came at a later stage of his life. He has a third biographical work soon to be published. His first was a book on Trevor Bland, the founder of NZ Warbirds.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand E8)

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Christina Fraser

Christine Fraser is the illustrator for 'Home is where the heart Is'. 'Drawing is the art of my life,' she says. She lives in Red Hill, Papakura with husband John. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Christine enjoyed creating the detailed hand-drawn illustrations using a combination of watercolour paints and coloured pencils.

Genres: Illustrator (Stand C14)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


Nikki Crutchley

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She is the author of the crime/thriller ‘Nothing Bad Happens Here’, set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B6)

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Johanna Rae

I’m a former fashion designer, married mother of three, and coffee addict. I’ve always had a passion for writing. When I was five years old, I wanted to be a writer and an artist. I haven't deviated far from that mindset. I live in the rural Waikato where I share a gorgeous outlook with my family, cats, cows, chickens, and several crazy goats.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller,Romance (Stand A5)

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Judy Mulder - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 11.35am - 11.55am

Judy Mulder is the author of 'Home is Where the Heart Is.' She lives in Rothesay Bay, Auckland. Judy works locally at Pinehill School and enjoys sharing her passion for literacy with the students she works with. The idea for this story came about from a visit to Te Papa with her children. Her daughter chose a toy pukeko and named him PK Welly.

Genres: Children (Stand C14)

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R Murray

I am a London girl living in Auckland! Full time I work at a dog day care centre on the north shore in my spare time I write and read! I have published three books so far. Two of a three part paranormal series and the first book of a romantic suspense/thriller series.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller, Romance (Stand D3)

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Aleisha Maree Hayward

I'm an author, a mum to six, and a wife to my soul mate. I'm from Wakefield in the South Island. Living in the Waikato of the North Island, dairy farming with my husband, raising our children, installing the love for reading, and pursuing dreams in life no matter what. I sure am now with publishing my words and taking people’s minds on a journey.

Genres: Romance (Stand D3)

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Renata Spies - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 1.35pm - 1.55pm

"Spies Publishing was born from a passion for writing. Our nine-year-old son, Ben's passion for writing." Robert and Renata Spies started Spies Publishing when their 9 year old son, Ben Spies, started showing an incredible talent for writing. "At last, children's books actually written by a child."

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand E2)

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Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones is what’s known as “A Mature Writer”. That’s somebody who’s old enough to have the experiences to create a wide variety of stories but not the wisdom to keep them to himself. Within these splendid volumes you can judge the outcomes for yourself. Each contains approx 25 different views of his world.

Genres: Short Short/Poetry (Stand B5)

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PDR Lindsay

As a writer p.d.r. lindsay has always preferred historical stories about ordinary people, the ones whose names and lives we don't know much about. Reading the diaries and letters of parsons and farmers, wives and daughters, merchants and tradesmen showed her how the basic human dilemmas do not change over the centuries.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand A2)

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Jean Gilbert

Four time award winning author Jean Gilbert moved from Virginia, U.S. to New Zealand in 2005, and has since called the Waikato Valley (the Shire) her home. Jean’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

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand K3)

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Tina Shaw

Tina Shaw is a highly experienced manuscript assessor and tutor of creative writing. Her last novel 'The Children's Pond' was shortlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards.

Genres: General Fiction, Business (Stand K4)

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Gary Stephenson

Gary Paul Stephenson is the author of the Charles Langham political adventure Novel series.  We live in a world where greed turns the wheels of state, where environmental concerns take a back seat to the vast machine of global commerce. One man takes on the might of nations and whatever pulls their strings from the world troubled past.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand A8)

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Carne Maxwell

Carne Maxwell lives in Auckland with her husband and two teenage children. Carne’s profession as an artist led her to expand into the world of writing. One of her favourite times is sitting at a computer, visually seeing her stories unfold as her fingers tap away. Designing the covers and inside layouts puts the finishing touches to her work.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand A9)

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Nicole S Goodin

Nicole S Goodin is a contemporary romance author, wife and mother of two from Taranaki in New Zealand. Her first book, Rushed, was published in 2016. Nicole enjoys long walks on the beach, pillow fights and braiding her friends hair. She dislikes clichés, talking about herself in the third person, and people who don’t understand her sense of humour.

Genres: Romance (Stand B4)

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Louise de Varga

Winning the 2013 Kingi McKinnon Writing Scholarship gave me skills to write childrens’ stories. I’m passionate about reading and writing so in 2014 I published my Kapowai the Dragonfly story, and then organised the first NZ Book Festival. The festival celebrates four years in November and goes from strength to strength. Just like my writing.

Genres: Children

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Kirsten McKenzie

Years behind the counter of her family antique business gave Kirsten a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing. Her time slip novels have been called Antiques Roadshow gone viral. Her first horror novel, 'Painted' was released in 2017 and has been described as a subtle and delicate chiller.

Genres: Historical Fiction,Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B2)

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Robyn P Murray - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 12.05pm - 12.25pm

Robyn has enjoyed reading and writing all her life. Growing up in Northern Ireland, land of myths and legend fuelled her passion for storytelling. After travelling extensively when young she settled in New Zealand. Some years ago Robyn decided to publish some beautifully illustrated childrens books and several books of short stories followed.

Genres: Children / Short Story (Stand D5) - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 12.05pm - 12.25pm

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ZR Southcombe

Zee is a writer & artist. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards &she has had work commissioned for organisations including Artweek Auckland & Wellington Botanic Gardens. Zee works to promote other artists, especially youth. When not writing, Zee can be found with a cup of tea in hand, or out for a walk in the forests

Genres: Children, Non-Fiction (Stand A2)

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Vicky Adin

Vicky Adin is a historical fiction author fascinated with 19th Century pioneers. As a genealogist in love with history, these immigrants and their ancestors drive Vicky’s stories inspired by real people, with real experiences. She holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in English and Education. When not writing you will always find Vicky reading. She also loves to go caravanning or cruising with her husband.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand A1)

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Andrene Low

My graduation piece for a presentation skills course I took for work was entitled, “Breeding before Forty” and garnered enough laughs that I was persuaded to take part in a rookies’ night at an Auckland comedy club. I was enough of a success that the club asked me back and I stayed on the professional stand-up circuit for three years. It was when I was writing for stand-up that I realized I wanted to try my hand at something longer. I undertook courses to learn the basics and only then was I able to fulfil my dream of writing a full-length novel.

Genres: General Fiction,Other (Stand B3)

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