It’s always been love, words and music.
I am a writer, and a literary sector specialist. On any given day I could be working on my latest book, managing a literary event, writing for a magazine, or blogging here at www.lovewordsmusic.com. I am also a trustee for New Zealand Aotearoa’s national writers’ centre, the Michael King Writers’ Centre and care passionately about the New Zealand literature scene. I have a University of Auckland Masters in Creative Writing and journalism degree.
My happy place, where I can glance up the clock above my desk to see that hours have passed, is when I’m writing, or playing music—and find the creative crossover between the two fascinating. I’m working on my second book, a memoir, and my first book, a novel—set in Auckland during WWII when the Americans troops were here shaking things up—is currently out on submission. An average piano player and guitarist, enthusiastic singer and dedicated concert-goer, I’ve taken up the cello to satiate my love for music and learning. That’s a story for another time…
A few wins along the way have helped me write the next page and the next: In 2017 I have been shortlisted for the NZ Heritage Award for short prose, and long-listed for the NZ Flash Fiction Day competition. In 2016 I came second in the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards (Best New Travel Writer), and had a poem selected to open Penguin’s anthology Thanks Mum. In 2015 I was awarded the Lilian Ida Smith Award (through the NZ Society of Authors) and was shortlisted for the Hachette Mentoring Programme.
In a previous life I spent a decade at the helm of Nova Models, Talent and Actors—which provided material too fantastic not to use, one day.
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You can email me at caroline at lovewordsmusic dot com or phone +64 275 833393.