Glynne MacLean is an award winning and internationally published New Zealand novelist and poet who lives in the Wairarapa in New Zealand. Glynne's latest short story, Dark Matter - No Exit, has been published in the Pheonix Writer's anthology
Lost In The Museum published by Makaro Press & Pheonix. To read a
review click here. Lost In The Museum is available at New Zealand bookshops and the Ebook Kindle Edition is available on
latest novel, The Protector, won second prize in the Unpublished Manuscript category of the 2013 Ashton Wylie Awards. One of the three judges, William Taylor, commented that it was a story both young and older adults would enjoy and added, "at the the heart of her story is the premise that faith is the underpinning of belief." The novel is a vivid and challenging examination of the holistic nature of faith and its importance to humanity.
Extreme Acceleration, was published by Pearson in March 2012 as part of their Sails Advanced Fluency series. Extreme Acceleration is an Emerald - Non-Fiction: Informational Explanation about top fuel dragsters that accelerate from zero to five hundred kilometres per hour in under four seconds. Pearson Education (NZ) has also bought her story Papa's Homecoming for future publication.
In February 2012 Glynne had three further titles published. The Camel And The Tiger Moth, a Silver - Narrative based on a visit to a "Wings Over Wairarapa" Vintage Airshow held last year in Masterton, was published by Pearson (NZ) as part of their Sails Advanced Fluency Series and Glynne's first translated works were published too.
L'Énigme Est Percée, the French language translation of The Test, ISBN: 9782761341998 (2761341996) was published in February 2012 by Pearson ERPI in Quebec, Canada.
La Procession, the French language translation of The Silent, ISBN: 9782761342001 (2761342003) was also published in February by 2012 by Pearson ERPI in Quebec, Canada.
Glynne's sixth novel Space Race was published in New Zealand & Australia by Pearson in February 2011 as part of their Nitty Gritty Novel series 0. Space Race is exciting junior science fiction for 8-10 years old and was a finalist in the Best Youth Novel category of the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. For more details and the companion website click here and to buy click here.
Glynne's fifth novel Escape was published in October 2009 by Pearson in New Zealand and Australia as part of their Nitty Gritty Novel series I. Escape is a fast moving historical novel set in Socotra, a bustling centre of sea-going trade in the days of the Byzantine Empire - a crossroads where races and cultures meet. Escape is suitable for a reading level of 9-11 years. Escape, and the other books in the Nitty Gritty Series 1 were Finalists for Best Book or Series in Primary Publishing in the inaugural CLL
Educational Publishing Awards 2010 and were Highly Commended. For more details and the companion website click here and to purchase click here.
Glynne's second illustrated title The Silent was published in New Zealand and Australia (July 2009) by Pearson Education as part of their MainSails Level 4 series. The Silent, like her earlier illustrated title The Test which was published in New Zealand and Australia in May 2009, The Silent is a 32 page illustrated fantasy for young teenagers designed to enhance the critical literacy, writing and comprehension of Middle and Upper Primary Students. To purchase The Silent from Wheelers Books click here and to buy The Test click here.The illustrator for The Test Serena Kearns won the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Artwork for her illustrations in The Test.
Glynne's fourth novel, The Time Stealers was published November 2008 in New Zealand, Canada and Australia. It is science fiction for young teenagers published by Pearson Education as part of their Nitty Gritty Novel series III. For more details and the companion website click here and to buy click here.
Glynne's third novel, The Spiral Chrysalis was released in New Zealand, Canada and Australia in February 2008. The Spiral Chrysalis is a fast moving junior fantasy published by Pearson Education as part of their Nitty Gritty Novel series II. For more details and the companion website click here and to buy click here.
The Time Stealers was a finalist in the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards for Excellence in Science Fiction & Fantasy in the professional category of Best Novella/Novelette for books under 40,000 words and The Spiral Chrysalis was a finalist in the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards for Excellence in Science Fiction & Fantasy in the professional category of Best Young Adult/Children's Novel.
Glynne's first novel, Roivan, a sci fi novel for young teenagers published by Penguin, came out in August 2003 to excellent reviews. In addition to being listed as a NZ Listener Best Book of 2003 it was listed by the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand among just eight Young Adult Fiction titles in their List of Notable Books 2004. Roivan won the 2003 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent as well as being a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards Best Novel category. For more details and the companion website click here and to buy click here.
Glynne's second novel, Love in Shades of Grey, an adult novel (mainstream fiction) was published by Penguin (New Zealand) in June 2004. Upon release Love in Shades of Grey was selected as a Dymocks Critics Choice. For a synopsis, reviews, reader feedback and the Louise Labé sonnet, click here and to buy click here.
Glynne has had short fiction published in the pacific ezine Prima Storia, in the nationwide New Zealand newspaper, DIS Information, poetry published in print in Switzerland in Niederngasse, The Journal of Winning Poetry, prose poetry and poetry published in the ezine Fantasy Folklore & Fairytales, and twice published in the European tri-lingual ezine Poems Niederngasse.
Her computer issues columns were published in 37 issues of the Wellington CCS magazine Chatterbox and archived on the internet.
Five of Glynne's six published novels and two of her illustrated titles, The Test and The Silent, are for a market that really excites her - young independent readers largely between eight and fourteen years of age. Glynne uses exciting stories with simplified sentence structure and plot lines without compromising, grammar, language, characterisation or hope.
To Glynne there is nothing better than getting kids excited about reading and starting to wonder, "What if that was me?", "How would I react?" and "What do I think the characters should have done?".
Glynne uses science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction to create other realities both for kids to escape to and to ponder. Science fiction also allows the introduction of scientific ideas that if presented in science class might not spark the imagination. Often her stories are set in a very recognisable now with a twist. Glynne does not write post-apocalyptic fiction or poetry - believing there is enough doom and gloom in the real world without her adding to it!
Glynne's preferred form is the novel. She writes fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and sci fi. Glynne sees the universe, past, present, and imagined, as providing an unlimited canvas. Writing sci fi allows her to examine issues and scenarios beyond the constraints of the prevailing culture and its definition of political correctness.
Glynne graduated from Waikato University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts and chose to write in 1996 after a successful career in the travel industry. Glynne supports her writing through building commercial web sites on contract as FrogWrite Creations and on World Disability Day, on 3 December 2009, Glynne won the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award which recognises a disabled New Zealander who has made a difference through their creativity in the last 12 months. In the 12 month period under consideration Glynne had four books published; two novels 'The Time Stealers' & 'Escape' and two illustrated
books 'The Test' & 'The Silent'.
Glynne was represented by Michael Gifkins & Associates New Zealand's premier literary agents. Please note Michael Gifkins died in July 2014 (and will be grealty missed) and an update on Glynne's representation will be uploaded shortly.
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