Genre: Urban Fantasy
Bio: Kura Carpenter is a Writer and Freelance Graphic Designer who enjoys telling lies and patting greyhounds. She volunteers her time for several Dunedin organisations. A few years ago she was fortunate enough to adopt a retired racing greyhound and now wants everyone to experience the joy of sharing your house and heart with these gentle goofballs.
Kura’s debut novel The Kingfisher’s Debt was published by IFWG Australia in 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Bio: Award-winning author Jayne Castel writes Historical Romance set in Dark Ages Britain and Scotland, and Epic Fantasy Romance. Her vibrant characters, richly researched historical settings and action-packed adventure romance transport readers to forgotten times and imaginary worlds..
DEB E HOWELL
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Bio: Deb E Howell is probably Grimbold Books‘s bestseller, and was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ‘n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction.
Deb E. lives on a small farm in Waitati, which she hopes one day to turn into a funpark/retreat.
SEAN P MARTIN
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy
Bio: Sean P. Martin lives in Dunedin, New Zealand (not Florida), with his wife, his kids, his animals, and his gadgets.
In his day job, he works with children and families. He has never managed to grasp the concept of relaxation, choosing to spend his free hours slaving over a keyboard. He would love if there were more hours in each day so he could actually complete everything he wants to do.
Genre: Epic and High Fantasy
Bio: Mark is a fantasy author who moved to New Zealand from Australia in 2016. His first novel, Between the Hammer and the Anvil, was published in 2012. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics, Latin and English.
Mark’s favoured genres are fantasy and science fiction, although he does hope to write a series of Crime novels at some stage in the future. He cites David Gemmell, Jack Vance and Ursula Le Guin as key inspirations and influences.
In his spare time, Mark is an amateur photographer and a keen student of the classics, with a particular focus on Rome and ancient myths and legends such as the Trojan Cycle.
Genre: Science Fiction
Bio: Carolyn McCurdie is a Dunedin writer of children’s fantasy, young adult science fiction, poetry, short stories. Carolyn McCurdie’s fantasy novel for children The Unquiet, published by Longacre Press 2006, was included in the Storylines Trust’s list of Notable Books of 2007. Since then she has been creating a complex world of two planets, several intelligent species and the connections and disconnections between them all. There are themes of planetary degradation, abuse of power, the importance of dream, story and song. This world is emerging as a series of young adult novels called Song-born.
R. L. STEDMAN
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Bio: Award-winning author Rachel Stedman lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, won Best First Novel at the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014. In 2012 Rachel was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award and was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. If she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s on instagram or twitter (@rlstedman) or at her local library.
Bio: A speculative fiction writer from Dunedin, with a fondness for chocolate, cats, and library books. A lifelong love of reading turned into a love of writing, and, after a road involving academia, fan-fiction, and poetry, original prose fiction. His first novel, “Wise Phuul,” has been followed up by short story writing and blogging.