A true Kiwi native with a deep love for contemporary storytelling, Anya Forest brings to life the vibrancy and wonder of the communities that have shaped and changed her. Having lived and travelled across New Zealand (including Stewart Island!), Anya has a unique way of capturing the lives of small-town rural Mainlanders. A lover of the outdoors, animals, and New Zealand life, Anya incorporates nature and the backdrops of her life into all of her books.

She has published two series so far for adult readers (Across the Strait; Maniototo Skies) that capture the sights, wildlife, songs, and scenery of New Zealand. In September 2018 Anya will release “Home from the Homer”, an historical fiction book for children aged 10 and up, and adults who enjoy a good yarn.

When she’s not writing or reading a good book herself, Anya is exploring the scenes of her stories in the great outdoors with her beloved retriever, Crockett.

At this time Anya is available for school talks, book clubs, or any other book-related events or programmes. For availability and information, please contact her for bookings at

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