Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai) is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her novels, published by Penguin New Zealand, include: Queen of Beauty, Hibiscus Coast, Trendy But Casual and Rangatira. Rangatira won the fiction categories of the New Zealand Post Book Awards and the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards in 2012. Paula’s short stories have been widely published and she has written four novels for young adults.
Paula holds degrees from universities in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, including a DPhil from the University of York and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since 2003 she’s taught creative writing at universities, including Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Sheffield in England. She now teaches at the University of Auckland. (Photo credit Mike Brooke)