I’m Merren Tait, award-winning author of humorous novels with a dash of romance, a liberal pinch of kick-arse women and a whole lot of quirk.
It’s taken me a number of decades to realise my creative passion, but after studying literature, teaching literature, and sharing the love of it as a librarian, I figure it had only been a matter of time before the author within burst out. The Year of the Fox is what happened after a year of feverish writing in my spare time. It has won an international award and has been optioned for television adaptation. My other Good Life novels are Bluffing for Beginners and The Misdeeds of Sadie Quinn, and I am currently drafting my fourth, Odd Girl Roar.
The chick lit genre is one I discovered relatively recently after laying aside my literary snobbery. (I credit my reading group and Janet Evanovich for turning me.) I love an entertaining chick lit book, and while I enjoy reading lighter ones, I tend to make my novels as meaningful as they are funny.
I grew up in Motueka, a small town at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, where I learned to love the roar of nature. I am of Scottish, English, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Irish and German extraction and attribute my cross-cultural comedic flair to the enthusiastic interbreeding of my ancestors.
I now live in a small house on a large block of land near Raglan, where I dream up fabulous names for my chickens, like Princess Layer. When I’m not looking after my many animals (including a pair of very cute but somewhat wayward sheep), or being a librarian, I spend as much time as I can writing.
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