Kia ora, I’m Tabatha, mostly known as Tabby.
I live in Wellington, the ‘Coolest Little Capital’ of New Zealand, and I write weird, dark fiction and uplifting poetry. Despite my obsession with the strange and unusual, I am mostly harmless, although I do take great delight in shocking people with my stories every chance I can get. I enjoy writing pieces which challenge the way people think or offer a fresh perspective on the world.
As a former English teacher and library manager, my first published books were non-fiction guides aimed at people working in education. I wrote three titles for Continuum International Publishing Group, (two of which have been translated into Portuguese and Malay and sold internationally) and I was a technical editor with Wiley Publishing and Bloomsbury Academic. I now teach from home while writing in my spare time.
My debut fiction collection of short horror and speculative fiction stories, Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange – a bucket-list passion project, and the first time I had released my fiction – was independently published by Wild Wood Books in March 2019.
Since then, I have had stories published in the charity anthology “Tricksters Treats 3, Seven Deadly Sins”, the magazine of the Australian Horror Writer’s Association, Midnight Echo #14 and in the Australian/NZ sci-fi and horror magazine Breach #12. I also regularly release free-to-read, original fiction on my blog.
I am currently the lead editor in a team of twelve for the upcoming “Black Dogs, Black Tales” anthology. Our aim is to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and will be published by Things In The Well Press in 2020.
My creative writing is often inspired by my life experiences and the power of the beautiful land where I live. I write a lot about the benefits of writing for positive mental health, using creativity as a tool to connect, inspire and heal. I started the writing-for-wellness group Well-Written in 2017 which works to promote this belief, and I run regular monthly workshops for other female writers in Wellington.
Outside of writing, I have organised a number of charity fundraisers, including two Can’t Stop the Serenity events supporting Equality Now in 2008 and 2014. I enjoy making my own art and jewellery, and creating costumes and props for cosplay projects – often dressing up to help support a good cause.
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