Paula Boock is a well-known New Zealand novelist and scriptwriter. She has written several young adult novels and won numerous awards, including the AIM Best First Book Award, the Esther Glen Medal, the NZ Post Children's Book of the Year and the AFTA NZ Best Drama Script Award. She has held the Writing Residency at the Dunedin College of Education as well as the Robert Burns Fellowship, and was the 2009 Writer in Residence at Victoria University of Wellington. Her essay ‘On Make-up and Makeover’ was published in the Montana Essay Series, and her screen credits include writing on the multi-award-winning TV series Insider's Guide to Love.
Place of residence: Wellington
Paula Boock received the Esther Glen Award at the 1994 LIANZA Children's Book Awards for her work, Sasscat to Win.
Her novel Home Run was finalist in the senior fiction section of the 1996 AIM Children's Book Awards.
Dare, Truth, or Promise (1997) won Book of the Year and Best in Senior Fiction at the 1998 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
In 1999, she and Michael King shared the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
Power and Chaos (2000) is based on the popular television series "The Tribe".
On Make-up and Makeover (2003) is one of the Four Winds Press Montana Estates Essay Series titles, edited by Lloyd Jones.
Boock's screen credits include writing on the multi-award-winning Insider's Guide to Happiness and Insider's guide to love, co-creating and making a children's television series Time Trackers and the television film Until Proven Innocent, the story of wrongly convicted rapist, David Dougherty.
Paula Boock was the 2008 Victoria University Writers' Fellow.