About Paula

Paula Morris (Ngati Wai) is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand.

She is the author of three novels for young adults, all published by Scholastic in the 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). Both RUINED and HIBISCUS COAST have been optioned for film. RANGATIRA is also available in a German-language edition (Walde+Graf, 2012).

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’s also the editor of THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND SHORT STORIES (2008).

Paula writes book reviews and arts features for a number of publications. She 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’s taught creative writing at universities – most recently Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of Stirling in Scotland. She is currently Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sheffield in England.

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