About me

Creative Writing

Master of Creative Writing with first class honours, University of Auckland, 2012.

Sir James Wallace Master in Creative Writing Inaugural Publication Prize, 2012

New Zealand Society of Authors Mentor Programme, 2013

Publication History

General non-fiction:

Whale Oil: One man’s fight to save his reputation, then his life, Potton & Burton, 2019

Womankind: New Zealand women making a difference, Penguin Random House, March 2019.

Ghost writer: 

Straight Up – Ruby Tui Allen & Unwin 2023

Mark Vette Zen Heart: What I’ve Learnt from Animals and Life. Randon House 2022

Impossible: My Story, Stan Walker. Harper Collins 2020

The Resilient Farmer, Doug Aver., Penguin/Random House 2017

To the Ice and Beyond, Graeme Kendall, Mary Egan Publishing, 2016

The Good Doctor, Lance O’Sullivan, Penguin Books, 2015          

Stand By Me, John Kirwan, Penguin Books, 2014.

My Two Heavens, Jo Crabb, Random House, 2014.

Ecoman, Malcolm Rands, Random House, 2013.

The Modfather, Ray Columbus, Penguin Books, 2011.

Finding the Path, Kelvin Cruickshank, Penguin Books, 2011.

All Blacks Don’t Cry, John Kirwan, Penguin Books, 2010.

Bridging the Gap, Kelvin Cruickshank, Penguin Books, 2010.

Walking in Light, Kelvin Cruickshank, Penguin Books, 2009.

Other Publications

Journey, Pippa Blake, Penguin Books (editing and rewriting), 2011.

Trial by Ambush, Joe Karam, HarperCollins (editing and rewriting), 2012.

Falling for the Exotic, in It Looks Better on You: New Zealand Women Writers on Their Friendships, edited by Jane Westaway and Tessa Copland, Longacre, 2003.

The Hungry Heart, Hodder Moa Beckett, 1996 (co-authored with Angela McCarthy).

Standing in Sunshine, Sandra Coney, Penguin Books (major contributor), 1993.                                                       


Magazine Publishers’ Association Journalist of the Year (Lifestyle) 2007

Staff Writer, Your Weekend magazine                                       2008 –2010

Books Editor – Herald on Sunday                                                            2004 – 2007

Books Editor – Next Magazine                                                      2005 – 2007

Books Editor – New Zealand Herald, Canvas Magazine           1999 – 2004

(Three-time finalist in the Montana Book Awards book pages of the year)

Previously: feature writer New Zealand Herald, National Business Review, and freelancer for many publications.

Freelance book reviewer for Your Weekend, Sunday Star Times and New Zealand Herald.