About Me

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Ko Taranaki Maunga, No Te Atiawa ki Taranaki au.

 

I write novels, middle-grade fiction, short stories and popular psychology. I'm also the author of The 52 Week Project: How I Fixed My Life by Trying a New Thing Every Week for a Year (Allen & Unwin, 2020) and Amorangi and Millie's Trip Through Time (Huia, 2022).

I call Wellington, New Zealand, home. I also call O'ahu, Hawai'i home, in a different sense of the word. I live with my husband and two kids.

Successes

Over the past eighteen months I have tried 29 new flavours of sweet pie. My #lifegoal is to discover even more types. Wish me luck.  My other #lifegoal is to visit 50 countries before I am 50. At this rate I'll have more luck with the pie, but I live in hope. 

Also ... 

Finalist for the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction (see details here)

- Longlisted for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize (see details here)

- Awarded a 2021 CLNZ and New Zealand Society of  Authors grant to write a middle-grade novel (see details here)​

- Finalist in the 2019 Pikihuia award for best emerging writer (find the story here)

- Winner of the 2017 Pikihuia award for best short story (find this story here)

- Participant on the 2016 Te Papa Tupu writing incubation programme

- Blog Modern Mothercraft listed by the New Zealand Herald as being one of New Zealand's top four parenting blogs in 2014