Anna Gowan was born in Auckland to a family fond of tall stories. A stint at John Marsden’s writing camp in Australia cemented Anna’s passion for writing. She began writing her first novel for children, Hollie Chips,
during a seven-month working holiday in Canada. In 2009, Anna won the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award
for Hollie Chips
. The novel was published by Scholastic in March 2010.
Anna is influenced by a cross-section of writers: Roald Dahl, John Marsden, Judy Blume and her New Zealand Society of Authors mentor, William Taylor.
Anna lives in Auckland and is currently working on a novel for teenagers.
- Hollie Chips (Scholastic 2010).
- Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award 2009.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction List for Hollie Chips.
- New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2011 Best First Book for Hollie Chips.
- New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction Finalist for Hollie Chips.
- New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2011 Children’s Choice Junior Fiction Winner for Hollie Chips.
Hollie Chips website
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