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Hi, I'm a New Zealander, raised in sunny Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island. I was lucky enough to have my first novel accepted for publication by HarperCollins New Zealand. It is a YA (young adult) fantasy set in New Zealand, called 'The Bone Tiki', which subsequently won Best First Book at the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. It is first in what has become the Aotearoa Series. Two sequels have followed it: 'The Taniwha's Tear', 2010; and 'The Lost Tohunga', 2011. They blend the mythology and history of New Zealand, with modern day fantasy adventure. They're available through several New Zealand/Australian based websites, if you're interested.
I've also written a four book YA fantasy series set in India, through Penguin India. Entitled The Return of Ravana, the series comprises 'Pyre of Queens', and the forthcoming sequels 'The Ghost Bride' [Note in India this book is entitled 'Swayamvara'], 'Souls In Exile' and 'King of Lanka', all through Penguin Books. The series blends myth, history, past lives, and echoes of the famous Indian epic, 'The Ramayana'.
My latest project is the Moontide Quartet, an adult epic fantasy set in a world called Urte, where an east-meets-west conflict is escalating into an apocalyptic struggle for supremacy. The first book, 'Mage's Blood' is now out, and the second; 'Scarlet Tides' is to be released later in 2013.
As you'll note from the above, I like to ground my writing in mythology and history, both of which I've studied at university. I've lived in India and the UK, as well as travelled in South East Asia, Europe and America.
Away from writing, I love football, movies, wine, travel, obscure music, and being with my wife and children.