Blaber, Donna

Blaber, Donna

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residence
Northland

In Brief

Donna Blaber writes and publishes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. She is an experienced journalist, magazine editor and author. Her first book, New Zealand Driving Holidays, was commissioned in 2004 and since then she has produced over 30 titles, including Great Kiwi Road Trips, Piri’s Picnic, Bruce Goes Home and Sausage Sizzle. In 2013 she won Creative Northland’s Excellence in the Arts Business Award. When she is not writing she leads creative writing workshops for children. Donna Blaber is available for writer visits as part of the Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Blaber, Donna (1970–) writes non-fiction and fiction for children and adults. She has worked as a magazine journalist, freelance feature writer and managing editor for three leading magazines. Born in Auckland, she travelled widely during her twenties, funding her travels through freelance writing and teaching English. Returning to New Zealand in 1995, she worked full-time and studied journalism extramurally through Massey University, graduating in 2001.

Donna Blaber’s first book, New Zealand Driving Holidays, was commissioned in 2004. Many non-fiction titles followed: Discover New Zealand (2006, 2010), Great Kiwi Road Trips (2007), South Island Atlas & Guide (2007), North Island Atlas & Guide (2007), Berlitz Handbook to New Zealand (2011), New Zealand Outdoor Adventure Atlas (2012), Visions of the North Island (2012), Visions of Northland (2012), Visions of the Central North Island (2012) and Visions of the Lower North Island (2012). Berlitz Handbook to New Zealand was translated into 14 languages.

She also co-authored the New Zealand Photo Atlas (2011) and the New Zealand Motorhome & Camping Atlas (2011). She regularly updates the Insight Guide to New Zealand (2006–2014), Step by Step Guide to New Zealand (2006–2012) and the Berlitz New Zealand Pocket Guide (2010–2013).

In 2012 she published her first children’s non-fiction title, Kiwi Kids Road Atlas (2012). It was followed by four fiction books in the Kiwi Critters series: Keri’s Party (2012), Piri’s Picnic (2012), Bruce Goes Home (2012) and Sausage Sizzle (2012). She won the Chamber of Commerce/Creative Northland’s Excellence in the Arts Business Award for the Kiwi Critter series in 2013.

Donna Blaber is widely published as a journalist in numerous publications, including Sunday Star Times, Her Business, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and AA Directions. For four consecutive years, 2003–2006, her travel features about New Zealand made the finals of the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.

Hide and Seek and Off to the Beach (Lighthouse Media Group) were both published in 2014. These are the fifth and sixth books in her Kiwi Critters series of early reader children’s picture books.

In 2016, Rubbish (Lighthouse Media Group), the seventh book in the Kiwi Critters series, was published.

Blaber completed a Master of Creative Writing in 2016. Her research paper was entitled “Contemporary Themes for Modern Tweens”, and she wrote a novel The Rock as the thesis component.

Donna lives with her family on a small lifestyle block near Whangarei. When she is not writing she leads creative writing workshops for children.

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Updated January 2017.