SATURDAY 11, NOVEMBER

MT EDEN WAR MEMORIAL HALL

Neville de Villiers

I have never written a book before. I am a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners with a MA BM BCh from Oxford University. I retired from medical practice 2 years ago.

Genres: Non-Fiction C4 (Website under constructIon)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Simon Bliss

Simon started writing about his extensive sailing experiences since retiring. His first book, ‘Sea Legs, a Boat’s Story’ tells how he came to sail a little yacht called Rivale halfway around the world. He is currently writing ‘Sea Legs, The Second Leg’ and has recently helped produce another real-life sailing adventure, ‘Doumar and The Doctor’.

Genres: Non-Fiction

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop

The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop is much loved and currently the only specialist children's bookshop in the city. In September 2015 the shop was bought by sisters Mary and Helen Wadsworth. Reading and books have been a big part of our lives and we are excited to be part of the great community of people that encourage young people to read.

Genres: Children

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Kate Key

After Monique found her mischievous sausage dog, Rocky, sneaking bread off the coffee table, she realised this was the inspiration she needed to write her first ever children's book. With her wonderful way with words, and Kate's rad illustration skills they wrote Rocky's Cheeky Sneaky Breakfast - a story that teaches us all a valuable lesson.

Genres: Children

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Kate O'Keeffe

Kate O’Keeffe is a bestselling author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives in the beautiful Hawkes Bay with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he's a scruffy dog too. To date, she’s written the #1 Amazon bestselling chick lit series, the Cozy Cottage Café, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and a fun holiday novella.

Genres: Romance (Stand B3)

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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Michael Burr

I’m a former teacher with master’s degrees in History and Education, both relevant to telling history-as-story, because schools have put people right off the Queen of Disciplines by insisting that we focus on dates and events instead of people’s reactions to them. Dates and events are OK for teaching to parrots, but people deserve better . . .

Genres: Historical Fiction

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

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  


Rosemary Carey

“The Walnut Legacy” is my first novel. I was inspired by the oral story my Aunt shared with me of my Chinese great grandfather, Thomas Coto and the legacy of strong family values originated from him and that still run in our family today. The novel has been translated into Cantonese and Mandarin. I am now writing its sequel.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand K2)

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

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


Giles and Lel Crosthwaite-Scott

Once you've done the hard work of writing your book, let the experts at PublishMe handle the rest: Proofreading and editing/Cover design and text layout/Printing and binding. All work is carried out in-house to ensure quality is never compromised and your peace of mind is guaranteed. Visit stand D1 to get answers to all your self-publishing questions.

Genres: Business (Stand D1)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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    


Ardi Alemi

Ardeshir Alemi was born in Tehran, Iran and studied graphics design and animation with illustration as his main passion. Ardi moved to NZ in 2010, where he now lives with his family. His daughter was his inspiration for creating this book based on a Persian fable and it allowed him to realise his dream of creating illustrations for children's books

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand C13)

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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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 A4)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Vivianne Flintoff

Vivianne Flintoff was educated at the University of Waikato. She worked as a school counsellor, manager of a social service agency, clinical leader, and counsellor-educator. Vivianne has published locally and internationally in professional journals and in Walking New Zealand. She divides her time between Coromandel, Hamilton and Tauranga.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand B9)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Ian Clarke

A childhood in India, my early work-life in the merchant navy and emigrating to New Zealand; all influence the things I like to write about. I’m now retired and enjoy living on the Whangaparaoa peninsula, north of Auckland. My three published novels are A Very Fishy Business, The Bungalow at No 2 Riverside Road and Strange Company.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand A5)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Renata Spies

"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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Sue Singleton

Suzanne Singleton is the author of four publications. A collection of short stories, The Promise, a novel The Koneke, and a children’s picture book Boundary Flat Flounders. Her latest novel, published this year, is Hugo’s Gift. She resides on the Hibiscus Coast, forty five minutes north of Auckland, where she is currently working on her third novel.

Genres: Short Stories/Poetry, Children (Stand A5)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Nicholas Baker

The new born deity Anodyne struggles to create sentient life, he searches the universe for answers but found nothing. Eons of searching lead to another universe, ruled by another deity. Anodyne waited till the new deity was distracted then he stole humans for his planet. Now the humans must survive under the rule of mad god.

Genres: Short Short & Poetry, Other (Stand F3)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Claire Bunt - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 11.35pm - 11.55pm

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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

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 (Stand F6)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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 eleven books and am currently writing my twelfth. My books are mostly (but not only) fiction about New Zealand and New Zealanders. I was born in Auckland in 1945.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand B7)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Stacey Broadbent

Stacey lives in Ashburton, with her husband and three children. An avid reader and self-confessed book-a-holic, she has always had a love of the written word, so it was only a matter of time before she took pen to paper and began on her writing journey. Stacey is a multi-genre author, with books from light-hearted comedies to zombie thrillers.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B4)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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 A3)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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 K1)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Rosemary Carey

“The Walnut Legacy” is my first novel. I was inspired by the oral story my Aunt shared with me of my Chinese great grandfather, Thomas Coto and the legacy of strong family values originated from him and that still run in our family today. The novel has been translated into Cantonese and Mandarin. I am now writing its sequel.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand K2)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


Giles and Lel Crosthwaite-Scott

Once you've done the hard work of writing your book, let the experts at PublishMe handle the rest: Proofreading and editing/Cover design and text layout/Printing and binding. All work is carried out in-house to ensure quality is never compromised and your peace of mind is guaranteed. Visit stand D1 to get answers to all your self-publishing questions.

Genres: Business (Stand D1)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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    


Renata Spies

"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)

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 (Stand F6)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Neville de Villiers

I have never written a book before. I am a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners with a MA BM BCh from Oxford University. I retired from medical practice 2 years ago.

Genres: Non-Fiction C4 (Website under constructIon)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Simon Bliss

Simon started writing about his extensive sailing experiences since retiring. His first book, ‘Sea Legs, a Boat’s Story’ tells how he came to sail a little yacht called Rivale halfway around the world. He is currently writing ‘Sea Legs, The Second Leg’ and has recently helped produce another real-life sailing adventure, ‘Doumar and The Doctor’.

Genres: Non-Fiction

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop

The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop is much loved and currently the only specialist children's bookshop in the city. In September 2015 the shop was bought by sisters Mary and Helen Wadsworth. Reading and books have been a big part of our lives and we are excited to be part of the great community of people that encourage young people to read.

Genres: Children

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Kate Key

After Monique found her mischievous sausage dog, Rocky, sneaking bread off the coffee table, she realised this was the inspiration she needed to write her first ever children's book. With her wonderful way with words, and Kate's rad illustration skills they wrote Rocky's Cheeky Sneaky Breakfast - a story that teaches us all a valuable lesson.

Genres: Children

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Kate O'Keeffe

Kate O’Keeffe is a bestselling author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives in the beautiful Hawkes Bay with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he's a scruffy dog too. To date, she’s written the #1 Amazon bestselling chick lit series, the Cozy Cottage Café, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and a fun holiday novella.

Genres: Romance (Stand B3)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Michael Burr

I’m a former teacher with master’s degrees in History and Education, both relevant to telling history-as-story, because schools have put people right off the Queen of Disciplines by insisting that we focus on dates and events instead of people’s reactions to them. Dates and events are OK for teaching to parrots, but people deserve better . . .

Genres: Historical Fiction

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

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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  


Ardi Alemi

Ardeshir Alemi was born in Tehran, Iran and studied graphics design and animation with illustration as his main passion. Ardi moved to NZ in 2010, where he now lives with his family. His daughter was his inspiration for creating this book based on a Persian fable and it allowed him to realise his dream of creating illustrations for children's books

Genres: Children, General Fiction (Stand C13)

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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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 A4)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Vivianne Flintoff

Vivianne Flintoff was educated at the University of Waikato. She worked as a school counsellor, manager of a social service agency, clinical leader, and counsellor-educator. Vivianne has published locally and internationally in professional journals and in Walking New Zealand. She divides her time between Coromandel, Hamilton and Tauranga.

Genres: Non-Fiction (Stand B9)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Ian Clarke

A childhood in India, my early work-life in the merchant navy and emigrating to New Zealand; all influence the things I like to write about. I’m now retired and enjoy living on the Whangaparaoa peninsula, north of Auckland. My three published novels are A Very Fishy Business, The Bungalow at No 2 Riverside Road and Strange Company.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand A5)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Sue Singleton

Suzanne Singleton is the author of four publications. A collection of short stories, The Promise, a novel The Koneke, and a children’s picture book Boundary Flat Flounders. Her latest novel, published this year, is Hugo’s Gift. She resides on the Hibiscus Coast, forty five minutes north of Auckland, where she is currently working on her third novel.

Genres: Short Stories/Poetry, Children (Stand A5)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Nicholas Baker

The new born deity Anodyne struggles to create sentient life, he searches the universe for answers but found nothing. Eons of searching lead to another universe, ruled by another deity. Anodyne waited till the new deity was distracted then he stole humans for his planet. Now the humans must survive under the rule of mad god.

Genres: Short Short & Poetry, Other (Stand F3)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


Claire Bunt - KIDS'ZONE Storyteller 11.35pm - 11.55pm

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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book  


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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 eleven books and am currently writing my twelfth. My books are mostly (but not only) fiction about New Zealand and New Zealanders. I was born in Auckland in 1945.

Genres: General Fiction (Stand B7)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


Stacey Broadbent

Stacey lives in Ashburton, with her husband and three children. An avid reader and self-confessed book-a-holic, she has always had a love of the written word, so it was only a matter of time before she took pen to paper and began on her writing journey. Stacey is a multi-genre author, with books from light-hearted comedies to zombie thrillers.

Genres: SciFi/Fantasy/Mystery Thriller (Stand B4)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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 A3)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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 K1)

Visit Website   Purchase Book    


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book      


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)

Visit Website   Purchase Book