Paula Morris - International Literary Success

Paula Morris - International Literary Success



Paula Morris is the middle child of Deborah and Kiri Morris of the Te Kiri Whanau.  

She is an internationally acclaimed fiction writer.  

Her most recent novel, RANGATIRA, won the fiction award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards.

Paula is the author of three novels for young adults, published by Scholastic US: the supernatural mysteries RUINED (2009); DARK SOULS (2011); and UNBROKEN (2013).  She also writes award-winning novels for adults, published by Penguin New Zealand; QUEEN OF BEAUTY (2002); HIBISCUS COAST (2005); TRENDY BUT CASUAL (2007); and RANGATIRA (2012) - which won.  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 is also the editor of THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND SHORT STORIES (2008).

Paula holds degrees from universities in New Zealand, the U.K. and the US, including a DPhil from the University of York and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  For ten years she 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.  Since 2003 she has taught creative writing at universities - most recently Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of STirling in Scotland.  From February 2013 she will be a Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sheffield in England.

We have two of Paula's books to giveaway under 'Marae Merchandise' - 'Giveaways'

Posted: Wed 17 Oct 2012