Introducing Northland Members


Lisa LLisa lives with her husband and two young children on a dairy farm in Northland. She is a primary school teacher by trade but is currently full-time as a home executive. Her current book, Living the Fairy Tale, focuses on knowing whether you have a man in love with you or not. Recently the book was positively reviewed on The Book Show on National television. Living the Fairy Tale took her over ten years to write, and then she chose to self-publish. She thought her dream had been completed only to discover the real work had just begun! She is currently revising the book as well as working on her new title Motherhood bliss? She is also  involved in reviving a Writers’ Group in Dargaville with fellow author, Maureen Sudlow.

Anne McDonell

Anne McDonellAnne worked as a speech language therapist and special needs teacher for 30 years. She has written poetry, published mainly in School Journal and literary magazines, and three educational books: Speech and Language Development 0-7 Years, Let’s Write Poems and Let’s Write Short Stories. She has won a Northland short story competition and poetry competition and her poems have been anthologised. In 2012 Anne decided to take on the challenge of writing a junior novel. The MOB and The Robbers, a novel for 9 to 11-year-olds, was published by Ocean Books in March 2013.  Thanks to NZSA, Anne had Janice Marriott as her mentor while writing this book.

Highlights of Anne’s writing career have been: visiting schools as a member of the Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme, travelling to schools in the Far North with Margaret Mahy and Northland writers, viewing children’s reactions to and artists’ illustrations of her work.  Her work has been translated into Maori and interpreted by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

Lisa Taylor

Lisa TAfter graduating from university with a BA in English Literature and History, Lisa Taylor began a career as a marketer for the 3D graphics industry. In between contracts she worked as a journalist, contributing articles and feature stories to numerous trade publications. A few years before her family’s immigration to New Zealand (2010), she started a project combining one of her teenage sons’ interests (videogames) with one of her own (mystery novels). In 2011 the resulting manuscript, Motive Games, won the Caleb Prize (Omega Writers of Australia) in the Young Adult category. It was published in 2012 by Wombat Books.

When she is not working on the sequel to Motive Games, or speaking to young people about media literacy, Lisa acts as the commissioning editor of the Australian publication, ‘Words With Wings’. Outside of work, the Taylors live like pioneers in Kauri and taunt their family in Canada with photos of exoitic fruits and snowless winters.

Kathleen Wynn

Kath has taught secondary school students – mainly in English and computer studies – in Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand for more years than she cares to remember and is currently tutoring in the Applied Writing Diploma for NorthTec, Whangarei.  She has written in conjunction with a senior student a school production, Forward to the Past, and produced and edited a number of school magazines, school newspapers and two books of student writing, as well  as having her own articles published in various magazines over the years but the main focus of her writing during the past few years has been biographies and reflections for Hospice patients.  She has just completed her sixteenth biography.  She also works with English Language Partners and has recently completed, with a young Tibetan refugee mother, an autobiography of life and imprisonment in Tibet under Chinese rule, which is currently looking for a publisher.

In addition, Kath is a transcriptionist, transcribing interviews and other material for authors and students. 

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