Interviews

Is this the perfect time for a pandemic story?

Discussion of self isolation and social distancing and mask wearing may all feel very 2020s – but for those not in the know, two titles from Aotearoa sitting on shelves with shiny new covers are not, in fact, products of…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Eileen Merriman

Here’s a fresh bit of your Margaret Mahy Questionnaire goodness, featuring award-winning novelist, short story, and flash fiction writer Eileen Merriman! Read on to find out her takes on shadow-sitting, barefoot beach walks, and pleasant-smelling, elegant giraffes. And when you’re…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Sandra Morris

You know it, you love it – it’s the Mahy Questionnaire! This month we are featuring award-winning author and illustrator Sandra Morris. Read on to find out her takes on 6 a.m. river walks, dancing with flora and fauna, and…

Black Sand Beaches and Scary Stories: Richard Fairgray

Editor Sarah talked to award-winning comic and picture book author/illustrator Richard Fairgray all about his latest hauntingly good series Black Sand Beach. Read on to find out about his creative process, humour, character inspiration and more! What comes first in…

From the Shop Floor: Paige’s Book Gallery

We are pleased to present a regular series highlighting the work, expertise and enthusiasm of some of the greatest booksellers of New Zealand.  This month we’re featuring the remarkable Paige’s Book Gallery in Whanganui. Owner Lesley Stead tells us all…

The Margaret Mahy Questionnaire: Rhys Darby

Holy moly! We’ve got a Mahy Questionnaire from none other than the creator of Buttons McGinty, Rhys Darby! Of course, you may recognise him from the fact that he’s, well, world-famous in New Zealand AND beyond, but a whole lot…

Revitalising The Boy with Two Shadows – Sarah Greig

It’s no secret that we’re big Margaret Mahy fans around these parts. Between our Mahy questionnaire, and being, well, living and breathing humans who love children’s books and live in Aotearoa, it’s kind of a foregone conclusion. An exciting Mahy-related…

Mahy Questionnaire: Ruth Paul

Here’s a fresh instalment of your favourite Margaret Mahy Questionnaire, featuring award-winning author-illustrator Ruth Paul! Her most recent picture book, the third in the Little Hector series, Little Hector Meets Mini Maui, is out now! Without further ado, here’s Ruth…

Finishing the furballs: Donovan Bixley

Donovan Bixley lets the cat out of the bag as he completes his Flying Furballs series. Why did you choose war and spies as the basis for your middle-grade series? Most of my books start from doodling things I love…