SATURDAY 17, NOVEMBER

MT EDEN WAR MEMORIAL HALL

Jocelyn J Murray

My wellness journal is written for those on their journey to wellness. I'm a certified nutrition consultant and health coach and I know those who journal are most likely to succeed. My journal provides a guided day by day format to journal your own progress. It contains over 30 easy healthy recipes for all meal times.

Genres: Non-Fiction, Other (Stand C1-1)

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Ann Neville

CreateBooks is a boutique publishing company specialising in award-winning books for both children and education purposes. All books published by Create Books emphasise its philosophy of respect for self, others, property and the environment. Other services include: Manuscript assessment, Editing, Proofreading, Formatting of print and ebooks

Genres: Business (Stand B8-1)

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Giles Crosthwaite-Scott

PublishMe - Self-Publishing Made Easy We can help you with all aspects of the self-publishing process Proofreading and editing - cover design and text layout - printing and binding No hidden costs - no hidden costs - bookshop-quality

Genres: Business (Stand D2)

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Rosie Boom

Rosie is the author of 8 books, including the multi-award-winning series 'The Barn Chronicles'. Written as a family read-aloud, the series relates the fun and adventures of the Boom family during their four years of living in a 90-year-old barn. Rosie lives with her husband Chris and their six children on a small block of land in Whangarei.

Genres: Children (Stand E2)

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Geraldine Craw

Geraldine Paul is an author, poet and artist. She lives on a sheep and beef breeding station in Northland. Her novels are aimed at 8 -12 years but her books can be read by any who would enjoy a fun tale about New Zealand bird life.

Genres: Children (Stand K2)

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Sylvia Guest and Evelyn Manley

Sylvia Guest and Evelyn Manley have based 'Think Feel Do' on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a modality they've used for decades to facilitate people living well. Incorporating their model of human experience, The EHP Matrix, this is a 'how-to' book, packed with practical mind tools for resolving personal issues and shaping the life you want.

Genres: Non-Fiction, Other (Stand C1-2)

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Angie Belcher

Angie Belcher is widely published in many genres. She particularly loves combining education, drama and storytelling in fun ways to hook children into reading or understanding environmental issues. You might spot her wandering around with a huge inflatable orca under her arm or dressed as a chicken flapping up a storm at reading events.

Genres: Children (Stand K1)

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Tina Milne & Don Cross

Two health professionals with 40 years of experience in community, hospital, mental health, and correctional facilities. Our book is different from other modalities as it identifies the stages of suicide based on an indigenous perspective. These 'whispers' are the anchors that connect us to our lives. Book Purchase via Facebook link

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C7)

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Neil Geoffrey

Auckland based author Neil Geoffrey began telling his daughters stories when they were young. These stories have since become the children’s book series Gassy Goosey - a story about a goose with a secret weapon. The key element in Neil’s stories is humour as he believes it is important for children to laugh and have fun.

Genres: Children (Stand B12)

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Tom E Moffatt

Tom E. Moffatt writes stories and jokes to make himself laugh-out-loud. If other people find them funny he considers it a double-bonus. His first book, Barking Mad, won the Tom Fitzgibbon award and was one of the Notable Books of 2017. His latest venture is a collection of bonkers short stories about various mind-swapping muddles.

Genres: Children (Stand K1)

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Hels Ryan

Hels Ryan is a writer, strategic communications and engagement specialist and former radio and print journalist. History and a passion for social justice are at the heart of her creativity. Her historic war time features depicting some of New Zealand’s war heroes are stored in the New Zealand Archives and she has been published in the anthology, Notable South Canterbury Women, and in Penguin Books, Great Snow Storm. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Bonsai Short Fiction Anthology. The Boy with a Suitcase is her first published novel.

Genres: Mystery/Thriller + General Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Grace Bridges - SpecFicNZ

SpecFicNZ is the association for creators, writers and editors of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror) in or from New Zealand. The organisation was founded in March 2009 to foster a community focused on the promotion and proliferation of all aspects of the speculative fiction genre in this country.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand K4)

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Bridget Ellis-Pegler

Bridget Ellis-Pegler comes from a scriptwriting background. She is the creative director of a big transmedia project, 'The Zingoshi Chronicles', which comprises video games, a television series, and books. 'Dragonfly' is Bridget's first book. Adored children's and YA author Fleur Beale worked with worked with Bridget on it, as manuscript assessor.

Genres: Children (Stand C14)

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Rod Smith

Rod Smith is the author of “Guinness Down Under, the famous brew and family come to Australia and New Zealand." A former journalist, probation officer and public servant Rod researched his subject for over 20 years, and took eight years to write the book. Information came from over 300 people and 40 libraries and archives. This is his first book.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand E6)

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Angelique Praat

Angelique Praat is a writer and social researcher. In her professional life, she has explored issues ranging from incarceration to architecture. Curiousity and a love of words drives her creatively. Her fiction has appeared in Flash Frontier. Her two contemporary novels, The Empathy Code and Empathy Live, explore the ick factor that comes with machines making life and death decisions.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller, General Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Rodney Strong

Wellington based author Rodney Strong has been making up stories since an early age. After decades of working for someone else, he decided those stories needed to be told so he took the plunge working towards writing full time. In August 2017 he released his first book, Troy’s Possibilities, and since then has released two more, a cozy mystery, and a book aimed at 7-9 year olds. Critics have called his writing “descriptive and authentic” and “an easy writing style filled with humour”. Rodney lives with his wife, two children, two cats, plus a third cat that is trying his best to con his way into the family.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller, General Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Kate S Richards

Kate S Richards is an author of children and teen fiction and a school librarian. "Trainsurfer" is her debut novel, and Kate is hoping to have completed the sequel, "Saving Thandi" for this festival. The first two books in the sequel are set in South Africa, during and post-apartheid, and the third adventure story will be set in New Zealand.

Genres: Children, Historical Fiction (Stand C9)

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Andy Southall

Andy writes contemporary fiction, science-fiction and travel blogs. Last year while living in Samoa for three months, he published a travel blog, now adapted into the book ‘One Hundred Days In Samoa’. He’s currently working on a love story set in Samoa as part of an NZSA mentorship award.

Genres: General Fiction, Non-Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Karen McMillan

Karen McMillan is the author of 14 books, a mix of bestselling fiction, inspiring and life-enhancing non-fiction, and a new children's series Elastic Island Adventures.

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand A9)

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John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a freelance writer. He has published over a wide range, including the storyline and lyrics for five musicals and several textbooks. His recent publications include Uncommon Enemy (an alternative WWII novel set in NZ) Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess (a YA novel) and Writing Your First Novel (for aspiring fiction writers).

Genres: Non-Fiction, Young Adult (Stand D3)

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Stephanie Cross

Ever since she learned how to read, Stephanie has loved books, so much so that she decided to begin writing her own books full of fun, love and adventure. Stephanie is a British writer who has written for a variety or publications in a non-fiction capacity, both in the UK and Australia and is keen to venture further into the world of fiction.

Genres: General Fiction, Romance (Stand C2)

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Cheryl Nicol

Cheryl Nicol is a prize-winning short fiction writer and lives near Christchurch. She has a keen interest in history and has previously published two historical biographies and a memoir.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C3)

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Hazel Oliver of JOP (NZBF 2018 Supporter)

JOP is a premier printing and design company responsible for meeting your deadlines and budget. Complete digital and offset printing solutions with top of the line equipment and highly trained passionate staff. We specialise and have helped many self published authors print and create their novels, family histories, true stories and many more.

Genres: Business, Other (Stand B14)

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David Crossman

David (D.A.) Crossman is a novelist and short story writer with a passion for flawed detectives, sinister spies, and femme fatales. English on his father’s side and Norwegian on his mother’s, David was born in South Africa and raised in South East London. David spent a number of years as an itinerant worker and he has resided in France, Israel, Ind

Genres: General Fiction,Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand C13)

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Darian Smith

Darian Smith mainly writes speculative fiction (fantasy) and lives in Auckland with his wife (who also writes) and their two naughty black cats (who don't). He holds two Koru Awards, is the winner of the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press manuscript competition, and has been a finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards several times.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand E7)

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Green Bay Writers

The Green Bay Writers are a creative writing community out west. We are planning to introduce our group, showcase our members' work (various genres) and also sell our existing anthology.

Genres: Other: Writing Group (Stand D1)

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Steven Raaymakers

A Kiwi fantasy writer who strives to capture the deeper emotions in beautiful and unique worlds.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B9)

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Ellie Douglas

Born and raised in New Zealand, a mother and wife who donates what spare time she has into volunteer work with Autistic children. Ellie Douglas is addicted to horror, everything about it she loves. She enjoys creating strong characters that rise to the top from ordinary lives.

Genres: Fantasy/Mystery Horror (Stand A6)

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p.d.r. lindsay-salmon

p.d.r. lindsay has always preferred historical stories about ordinary people, the ones whose names and lives we don't know. Reading diaries and letters of parsons, farmers, wives, daughters, merchants and tradesmen shows that basic human dilemmas do not change. She finds that food for thought and useful for story telling.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand K3)

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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 (Stand A1)

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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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Janet Curle

JANET BALCOMBE The ​Ashton Wylie Literary Award finalist (The Wild Side) writes for the rebels, the addicts and the broken-hearted. She helps authors self-publish their books through Wild Side Publishing.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C7)

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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 C12)

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Dave MacManus of CopyPress

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: Business, Children, Non-Fiction (Stand F1)

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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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DIY Publishing Ltd

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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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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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 B7)

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Jenni Francis

I've been writing on and off for a long time, but at school I wasn’t a proficient writer. No one said I'd be a writer one day. I trained as a teacher and then became a teacher of deaf children, but it was not until I stopped teaching that I started writing. It was when Jessica, my granddaughter, was born that I began writing children's stories.

Genres: Children, Short Story/Poetry (Stand E9)

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Ellie Baker

Ellie Baker has been a migrant for three decades. Eager to see migrants become more settled as well as writing her book, she writes a blog www.migrantemotions.com, and is a speaker on migrant and other issues. She lives on a lifestyle block in Mangatangi, with the last of their teenagers, where she and her husband run their accounting business.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand D4)

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Claire Bunt

Claire Bunt, born in the seaside town of Picton, settled in Onehunga after her O.E. She has had a variety of careers: radiographer, primary school teacher, real estate salesperson, educational book sales representative and legacy adviser with UNICEF NZ. Now she writes books.

Genres: Children, Historical Fiction (Stand E1)

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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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Robert Philip Bolton

I am an independent New Zealand author. I publish and sell my own books at markets and on-line from my website as well as through Amazon and Kindle. I have written and published twelve books and am currently writing my thirteenth. My books are mostly (but not only) fiction about New Zealand and New Zealanders. I was born in Auckland in 1945.

Genres: General Fiction

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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

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 (2018 NZBF Kids'Zone Sponsor)

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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Jo Carson-Barr

Jo Carson-Barr is the author of four children's picture books. Talking to Nanny, The GoodBye Chair, The Chill Out Chair and Waata the Weta: Can He Find The Perfect Home? Jo works in collaboration with her son Simon Barr Illustrator. Jo, her husband Rod and Simon Barr run VA Publishing.

Genres: Children (Stand B5)

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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 B4)

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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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Ann Neville

CreateBooks is a boutique publishing company specialising in award-winning books for both children and education purposes. All books published by Create Books emphasise its philosophy of respect for self, others, property and the environment. Other services include: Manuscript assessment, Editing, Proofreading, Formatting of print and ebooks

Genres: Business (Stand B8-1)

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Giles Crosthwaite-Scott

PublishMe - Self-Publishing Made Easy We can help you with all aspects of the self-publishing process Proofreading and editing - cover design and text layout - printing and binding No hidden costs - no hidden costs - bookshop-quality

Genres: Business (Stand D2)

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Hazel Oliver of JOP (NZBF 2018 Supporter)

JOP is a premier printing and design company responsible for meeting your deadlines and budget. Complete digital and offset printing solutions with top of the line equipment and highly trained passionate staff. We specialise and have helped many self published authors print and create their novels, family histories, true stories and many more.

Genres: Business, Other (Stand B14)

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Dave MacManus of CopyPress

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: Business, Children, Non-Fiction (Stand F1)

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DIY Publishing Ltd

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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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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Jocelyn J Murray

My wellness journal is written for those on their journey to wellness. I'm a certified nutrition consultant and health coach and I know those who journal are most likely to succeed. My journal provides a guided day by day format to journal your own progress. It contains over 30 easy healthy recipes for all meal times.

Genres: Non-Fiction, Other (Stand C1-1)

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Rosie Boom

Rosie is the author of 8 books, including the multi-award-winning series 'The Barn Chronicles'. Written as a family read-aloud, the series relates the fun and adventures of the Boom family during their four years of living in a 90-year-old barn. Rosie lives with her husband Chris and their six children on a small block of land in Whangarei.

Genres: Children (Stand E2)

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Geraldine Craw

Geraldine Paul is an author, poet and artist. She lives on a sheep and beef breeding station in Northland. Her novels are aimed at 8 -12 years but her books can be read by any who would enjoy a fun tale about New Zealand bird life.

Genres: Children (Stand K2)

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Sylvia Guest and Evelyn Manley

Sylvia Guest and Evelyn Manley have based 'Think Feel Do' on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a modality they've used for decades to facilitate people living well. Incorporating their model of human experience, The EHP Matrix, this is a 'how-to' book, packed with practical mind tools for resolving personal issues and shaping the life you want.

Genres: Non-Fiction, Other (Stand C1-2)

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Angie Belcher

Angie Belcher is widely published in many genres. She particularly loves combining education, drama and storytelling in fun ways to hook children into reading or understanding environmental issues. You might spot her wandering around with a huge inflatable orca under her arm or dressed as a chicken flapping up a storm at reading events.

Genres: Children (Stand K1)

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Tina Milne & Don Cross

Two health professionals with 40 years of experience in community, hospital, mental health, and correctional facilities. Our book is different from other modalities as it identifies the stages of suicide based on an indigenous perspective. These 'whispers' are the anchors that connect us to our lives. Book Purchase via Facebook link

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C7)

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Neil Geoffrey

Auckland based author Neil Geoffrey began telling his daughters stories when they were young. These stories have since become the children’s book series Gassy Goosey - a story about a goose with a secret weapon. The key element in Neil’s stories is humour as he believes it is important for children to laugh and have fun.

Genres: Children (Stand B12)

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Tom E Moffatt

Tom E. Moffatt writes stories and jokes to make himself laugh-out-loud. If other people find them funny he considers it a double-bonus. His first book, Barking Mad, won the Tom Fitzgibbon award and was one of the Notable Books of 2017. His latest venture is a collection of bonkers short stories about various mind-swapping muddles.

Genres: Children (Stand K1)

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Hels Ryan

Hels Ryan is a writer, strategic communications and engagement specialist and former radio and print journalist. History and a passion for social justice are at the heart of her creativity. Her historic war time features depicting some of New Zealand’s war heroes are stored in the New Zealand Archives and she has been published in the anthology, Notable South Canterbury Women, and in Penguin Books, Great Snow Storm. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Bonsai Short Fiction Anthology. The Boy with a Suitcase is her first published novel.

Genres: Mystery/Thriller + General Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Grace Bridges - SpecFicNZ

SpecFicNZ is the association for creators, writers and editors of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror) in or from New Zealand. The organisation was founded in March 2009 to foster a community focused on the promotion and proliferation of all aspects of the speculative fiction genre in this country.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand K4)

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Bridget Ellis-Pegler

Bridget Ellis-Pegler comes from a scriptwriting background. She is the creative director of a big transmedia project, 'The Zingoshi Chronicles', which comprises video games, a television series, and books. 'Dragonfly' is Bridget's first book. Adored children's and YA author Fleur Beale worked with worked with Bridget on it, as manuscript assessor.

Genres: Children (Stand C14)

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Rod Smith

Rod Smith is the author of “Guinness Down Under, the famous brew and family come to Australia and New Zealand." A former journalist, probation officer and public servant Rod researched his subject for over 20 years, and took eight years to write the book. Information came from over 300 people and 40 libraries and archives. This is his first book.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand E6)

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Angelique Praat

Angelique Praat is a writer and social researcher. In her professional life, she has explored issues ranging from incarceration to architecture. Curiousity and a love of words drives her creatively. Her fiction has appeared in Flash Frontier. Her two contemporary novels, The Empathy Code and Empathy Live, explore the ick factor that comes with machines making life and death decisions.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller, General Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Rodney Strong

Wellington based author Rodney Strong has been making up stories since an early age. After decades of working for someone else, he decided those stories needed to be told so he took the plunge working towards writing full time. In August 2017 he released his first book, Troy’s Possibilities, and since then has released two more, a cozy mystery, and a book aimed at 7-9 year olds. Critics have called his writing “descriptive and authentic” and “an easy writing style filled with humour”. Rodney lives with his wife, two children, two cats, plus a third cat that is trying his best to con his way into the family.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller, General Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Kate S Richards

Kate S Richards is an author of children and teen fiction and a school librarian. "Trainsurfer" is her debut novel, and Kate is hoping to have completed the sequel, "Saving Thandi" for this festival. The first two books in the sequel are set in South Africa, during and post-apartheid, and the third adventure story will be set in New Zealand.

Genres: Children, Historical Fiction (Stand C9)

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Andy Southall

Andy writes contemporary fiction, science-fiction and travel blogs. Last year while living in Samoa for three months, he published a travel blog, now adapted into the book ‘One Hundred Days In Samoa’. He’s currently working on a love story set in Samoa as part of an NZSA mentorship award.

Genres: General Fiction, Non-Fiction (Stand B8-2)

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Karen McMillan

Karen McMillan is the author of 14 books, a mix of bestselling fiction, inspiring and life-enhancing non-fiction, and a new children's series Elastic Island Adventures.

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand A9)

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John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a freelance writer. He has published over a wide range, including the storyline and lyrics for five musicals and several textbooks. His recent publications include Uncommon Enemy (an alternative WWII novel set in NZ) Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess (a YA novel) and Writing Your First Novel (for aspiring fiction writers).

Genres: Non-Fiction, Young Adult (Stand D3)

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Stephanie Cross

Ever since she learned how to read, Stephanie has loved books, so much so that she decided to begin writing her own books full of fun, love and adventure. Stephanie is a British writer who has written for a variety or publications in a non-fiction capacity, both in the UK and Australia and is keen to venture further into the world of fiction.

Genres: General Fiction, Romance (Stand C2)

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Cheryl Nicol

Cheryl Nicol is a prize-winning short fiction writer and lives near Christchurch. She has a keen interest in history and has previously published two historical biographies and a memoir.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C3)

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David Crossman

David (D.A.) Crossman is a novelist and short story writer with a passion for flawed detectives, sinister spies, and femme fatales. English on his father’s side and Norwegian on his mother’s, David was born in South Africa and raised in South East London. David spent a number of years as an itinerant worker and he has resided in France, Israel, Ind

Genres: General Fiction,Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand C13)

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Darian Smith

Darian Smith mainly writes speculative fiction (fantasy) and lives in Auckland with his wife (who also writes) and their two naughty black cats (who don't). He holds two Koru Awards, is the winner of the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press manuscript competition, and has been a finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards several times.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand E7)

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Green Bay Writers

The Green Bay Writers are a creative writing community out west. We are planning to introduce our group, showcase our members' work (various genres) and also sell our existing anthology.

Genres: Other: Writing Group (Stand D1)

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Steven Raaymakers

A Kiwi fantasy writer who strives to capture the deeper emotions in beautiful and unique worlds.

Genres: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B9)

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Ellie Douglas

Born and raised in New Zealand, a mother and wife who donates what spare time she has into volunteer work with Autistic children. Ellie Douglas is addicted to horror, everything about it she loves. She enjoys creating strong characters that rise to the top from ordinary lives.

Genres: Fantasy/Mystery Horror (Stand A6)

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p.d.r. lindsay-salmon

p.d.r. lindsay has always preferred historical stories about ordinary people, the ones whose names and lives we don't know. Reading diaries and letters of parsons, farmers, wives, daughters, merchants and tradesmen shows that basic human dilemmas do not change. She finds that food for thought and useful for story telling.

Genres: Historical Fiction (Stand K3)

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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 (Stand A1)

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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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Janet Curle

JANET BALCOMBE The ​Ashton Wylie Literary Award finalist (The Wild Side) writes for the rebels, the addicts and the broken-hearted. She helps authors self-publish their books through Wild Side Publishing.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand C7)

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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 C12)

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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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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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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 B7)

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Jenni Francis

I've been writing on and off for a long time, but at school I wasn’t a proficient writer. No one said I'd be a writer one day. I trained as a teacher and then became a teacher of deaf children, but it was not until I stopped teaching that I started writing. It was when Jessica, my granddaughter, was born that I began writing children's stories.

Genres: Children, Short Story/Poetry (Stand E9)

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Ellie Baker

Ellie Baker has been a migrant for three decades. Eager to see migrants become more settled as well as writing her book, she writes a blog www.migrantemotions.com, and is a speaker on migrant and other issues. She lives on a lifestyle block in Mangatangi, with the last of their teenagers, where she and her husband run their accounting business.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand D4)

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Claire Bunt

Claire Bunt, born in the seaside town of Picton, settled in Onehunga after her O.E. She has had a variety of careers: radiographer, primary school teacher, real estate salesperson, educational book sales representative and legacy adviser with UNICEF NZ. Now she writes books.

Genres: Children, Historical Fiction (Stand E1)

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Robert Philip Bolton

I am an independent New Zealand author. I publish and sell my own books at markets and on-line from my website as well as through Amazon and Kindle. I have written and published twelve books and am currently writing my thirteenth. My books are mostly (but not only) fiction about New Zealand and New Zealanders. I was born in Auckland in 1945.

Genres: General Fiction

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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

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 (2018 NZBF Kids'Zone Sponsor)

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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Jo Carson-Barr

Jo Carson-Barr is the author of four children's picture books. Talking to Nanny, The GoodBye Chair, The Chill Out Chair and Waata the Weta: Can He Find The Perfect Home? Jo works in collaboration with her son Simon Barr Illustrator. Jo, her husband Rod and Simon Barr run VA Publishing.

Genres: Children (Stand B5)

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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 B4)

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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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