On Friday I learned that I had been awarded second place  in the 2018 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition. Congratulations to the first place winner, Fiona Sussman, and third place winner, Kathryn van Beek. My story, ‘The Singularity of Sleep’, will be published in the Sunday Star Times in January.


Very excited that Pieces of You has been included in the 2018 Storylines Notable Books List: 2018 Storylines Notable Books List. I’m looking forward to attending the awards ceremony at the Margaret Many Day on April 8th.


I’m in conversation with fellow YA authors, Alex Wheatle (UK) and Erin Donohue (NZ) at the Auckland Writers Festival on Fri 18 May – see you there!

Can We Be Frank? Auckland Writers Festival


I’ve now signed a contract for my next book, Invisibly Breathing. Release date TBA – watch this space!



Catch Me When You Fall hit number 3 on the Childrens/Teens NZ bestsellers list last week! Hooray!


Children and Teens – New Zealand

ISBN Title


Imprint RRP

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9



Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story

Bishop, Gavin




Pee Wee the Lonely Kiwi Finds a New Friend

Cooper, Blair & Smith, Cheryl

Flying Books



Catch Me When You Fall

Merriman, Eileen




Time for Bed, Little Kiwi

Darroch, Bob




Hipi the Counting Sheep

Mataitis, Nicole & Lawford, Myles

Flying Books



Hipi Loves to Explore

Mataitis, Nicole & Lawford, Myles

Flying Books



Pee Wee the Kiwi’s All Black Adventure

Cooper, Blair & Smith, Cheryl

Flying Books



Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too

Millton, Jane & Hinde, Deborah

Allen & Unwin



Maui and Other Maori Legends: 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa

Gossage, Peter




Kuwi’s Very Shiny Bum

Merewether, Kat

Illustrated Publishing


International Fiction – Adults (excluding NZ)


Catch Me When You Fall is now in the bookshops. Link here for an excerpt The Sapling Catch Me When You Fall Excerpt and here for a blogger’s review Bob’s Book Blog Review Catch Me When You Fall


My next book, Catch Me When You Fall, is due out Jan 2nd. Link here for details:


Link here for my interview by Nod Ghosh, a fellow writer, on her webpage:

Link here for an interview with the Bath Flash Fiction Award where I discuss short shorts and drowning:

Link here for an interview in the North Shore Times re my place in the 2015 NZSA mentorship programme:

Link here for the Radio NZ interview with Eileen Merriman & Nod Ghosh re Micro Madness & National Flash Fiction Day 2015:


So excited to have both Pieces of You and Catch Me When You Fall shortlisted in the 2018 NZ Young Adult and Children’s Book Awards: NZCYA Book Awards

Winners announced at the award ceremony on 8th August.

May 15th 2015:


I’ve been busy this month with preparations for National Flash Fiction Day, which is on Wednesday 22 June, 2016. Concurrent flash fiction events will be running in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington; see here for details: NFFD Events. It will be a fun event, with short-listed, long-listed writers reading their work, overall and regional winners announced, as well as readings from guest speakers. In Auckland, our emcee is writer Rosetta Allan, whose historic novel Purgatory, was published in 2014: Purgatory Book Review

And watch out here for the long-list and short-list announcements for the 2016 National Flash Fiction competition (entries closed 30 April, with >500 entries received!): NFFD Competition 2016

And my big news for the month: I’ve just signed a contract with the Frances Plumpton Literary Agency Frances Plumpton LIterary Agency, for my YA book – so hopefully there will be a publication coming out of it! Watch this space!

Haere ra – for now!




Here’s my first official post – in this blog, I aim to tell you a little bit about what’s going on in my writing world. I’ll be blogging once a month minimum, maybe more often, so tune in for updates here, especially on the flash world!

At the moment: I’m waiting impatiently for the results of the second-ever Bath Flash Fiction award, to be announced 29th February (UK time). I can’t wait to see the new winners, and to read their flash pieces.

I’m also waiting for the next issue of Flash Frontiers – the February issue is an international issue (theme: Dance) and is due out any day now: It’s always a good read.

I’m looking forward to organising the Auckland event for National Flash Fiction day – enter this competition if you’re an NZ resident  – up to 3 entries; 300 words: for details.

Coming soon: a link to a podcast via The Other Stories, featuring a reading of my story ‘Champagne Like Water, Water Like Champagne’, published in F(r)iction last year, and my interview by Ilana Masad.