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.
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.