Paula Morris is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand.
She is the author of two novels for young adults, both published by Scholastic in the US: the supernatural mysteries RUINED (2009) and DARK SOULS (scheduled for publication in 2011). She also writes award-winning novels for adults, published by Penguin New Zealand: QUEEN OF BEAUTY (2002); HIBISCUS COAST (2005); and TRENDY BUT CASUAL (2007). Both RUINED and HIBISCUS COAST have been optioned for film.
Paula's short stories have been widely published, and radio versions have been broadcast in both New Zealand and the US. Her first short story collection, FORBIDDEN CITIES (2008), was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Prize. She's also the editor of THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND SHORT STORIES (2008).
For ten years, Paula worked in London and New York, first as a publicist and marketing executive in the record business, and later as a branding consultant and advertising copywriter. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she teaches creative writing - most recently at Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of Stirling in Scotland.
After having read "Rangatira" by Paula Morris, which I appreciated very much, I decided to read more by the same author. Queen of beauty is a refreshingly direct and pleasing novel about "being home" where your spirit belongs, notwithstanding imporatant distances tot the place where one was born. It is not about roots in the usual meaning, but about understanding how the past and the present might fit together. And great fun, too, is is all so well told and nowhere farfetched!
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