Meet a Few More of our Members

Here are a few more member profiles as we settle into a rhythm of posting news from the Northland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors. From this point on we will post up member profiles towards the end of each month. If you are a Northland member and would like your profile included, please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

PenNorth, our monthly newsletter, will be posted around the first of each month. And make sure you visit our Meetings page for notification of upcoming meetings.


justine payen

After completing a semester on NorthTec’s Diploma of Applied Writing in 2010 Justine sent her picture book assessment to HarperCollins, who published it and released Tea With Miss Tilly illustrated by Phillip Webb in March 2012. On 20th August 2011 she also had a profile piece on country singer Carleen Still published in The Northern Advocate.

Having completed Level  5, 6 and the advanced Applied Writing Diploma Level 7 at the end of 2012, Justine is continuing to write a Young Adult fantasy based in Whangarei about shape shifters, angels and creatures of nightmares. She continues to study part-time while waiting for NorthTec’s Applied Writing Degree programme to start.

Justine lives with her fiancé, four kids (thankfully two of which come and go), dog, cat, cockatiels and a budgie which keep her busy, while still renovating (on a shoestring) nine years after buying a house advertised as Nightmare on George Street.


Rae RoadleyRae Roadley lay sprawled on a gravel road after being thrown by a bull – and had an idea. She’d write about her life on a farm situated on a remote and historic harbour peninsula. Her newspaper columns led to Love at the End of the Road, a memoir published by Penguin, which in turn led to an episode of New Zealand’s longest-running TV show, Country CalendarA qualified journalist with experience in publishing and public relations, she’s also a freelance and creative writer, blogs about farming and rural life and tutors online non-fiction and feature writing at NorthTec. Rae’s work has been recognised in fiction contests and media awards.


Sian WilliamsSian Williams is a flasher, writer and editor.  Her flash fiction has been short-listed for a number of competitions both in New Zealand and internationally. Most recently, she won first place in the 2013 Northland Flash Fiction Competition. Her flash story ‘Bomb’ was featured by the Tuesday Poem group in June 2012, and is currently their most-viewed poem. Besides flash fiction, Sian also writes non-fiction and books for children. Her writing for children is published by Learning Media Ltd and The School Magazine in Australia. She is currently working on a young adult novel based on stories from Greek mythology.

Sian has organised writing competitions and events and, in 2012, was a coordinator of New Zealand’s first National Flash Fiction Day. She’s tutored workshops on short fiction, both for the NZSA and privately.  She is, together with Michelle Elvy, an editor at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction.

Sian lives in the Bay of Islands, with her husband and two children, growing kiwifruit and big juicy oranges.


Joce (short for Jocelyn) trained as a journalist in 1988 and has worked freelance pretty much ever since, fitting writing around various other pursuits including milking cows and running her own catering company.  In 2005 she returned to writing as her primary income, freelancing and working as a Communications Consultant for local government.  Joce now runs Santosha – a guide to joy: a guide to life, a life-coaching business to help women find joy and contentment in their lives.  She teaches yoga and is writing various non-fiction works about women’s health and wellness.  She currently runs a blog, which will be upgraded to a full website at the end of 2013:

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