About Me

Backstage with Author Maureen Crisp.

Hello and Welcome, 
I've been writing for nearly twenty years for myself, for schools and for publishers.
I love learning about new things. My interests are all over the place, circus arts, space, new inventions, communication.... The world is a fascinating place.

I have written books about skeleton stealing dogs, secret rock star lives, and invisible friends on Mars along with all sorts of other writing for the School Journal and magazines in New Zealand.

At the moment I am writing a science fiction series for kids as well as the circus series.
The circus series is mostly finished and in production now.
I love researching new ideas and letting my mind wander. My favourite words are WHAT IF....

I belong to a crazy group of writers who run the FABO storywriting competition. Every year in the middle school terms we host a story writing competition for kids.

When I am not writing for kids I put together a weekly resource round up for other writers. I can be pretty busy talking and learning and sharing about writing.

In November 2017 my peers decided to award me with the Betty Gilderdale Award for Outstanding Services to Children's Literature.
This award took me by surprise and I'm very honoured to join the list of distinguished recipients. (Still pinching myself...)

In 2018 I was selected as a judge for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. This meant that I could tell my family I have to read this... and not get in trouble.

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(With a special Circus story just for you! Anizy Antics has all your favourite characters. They are beginning to put the show together... what could possibly go wrong?)

You can contact me by sending me an email or finding me on Twitter @craicer or on Facebook

Even More About Me....
Below are links to interviews with me about reading, writing, and judging children's books.
Interview for The Mixed Up Files, International Kidlit Authors website
Betty Gilderdale Award announcement and citation.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - judges interview