IFWG has recently taken stock of our titles that are authored by New Zealanders, and we were gobsmacked by the number. Take a look – what talent and what a range of genres and reader age groups!
Consider the following:
Barbara Howe’s Reforging series: The Locksmith, Engine of Lies, and The Blacksmith (with more to come). Epic fantasy for young adults to adults, with strong female protagonists (which motivated Howe to write the series)
Paul Mannering’s Drakeforth series: Engines of Empathy, Pisces of Fate, and Time of Breath (and again, more to come). Fantasy with strong satire and humour. Paul’s work has a strong fan base appreciating his unique style.
Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud (eds Sequeira, Proposch & Stevens). A New Zealand-only anthology of Lovecraftian fiction set in the local region.
Kura Carpenter’s The Kingfisher’s Debt, an urban fantasy set in Dunedin with powerful twists to well-known tropes. This book has already garnered critical acclaim and awards.
Jan Goldie’s Brave’s Journey, a middle grade (young teen) fantasy that was our very first New Zealand authored title. Jan’s book is delightful and full of magic and action.
Lee Murray’s Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, a middle grade fantasy/horror novel. Lee’s reputation internationally is growing by the day, and this recent release is a strong foray into horror for young teens. Funny, obviously set in New Zealand for those in the know, and a story that entrances readers of all ages.
Ali Foster’s Ginomees Trilogy for children, and illustrated by Ali. The Rejects, The Clonestone, and The Cave at the End of the Universe. Cosmic-spanning adventure of rejected garden gnomes venturing out into the world to find meaning in life. Great to read to your young ones.
All these titles are available world wide as ebooks or print, online or bricks and mortar.