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Anna Gowan

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.
Selected bibliography:
  • 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.
Other resources:
Hollie Chips website.

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