Kia ora and welcome,
My name is Tabatha Wood and I am an Australian Shadows award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry living in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and my work has featured in print and online worldwide.
As a former teacher of English and Drama, and a college library manager, my first published books were nonfiction guides aimed at people working in education. I authored three titles for Continuum International Publishing Group, now Bloomsbury Press – two of which have been translated into Portuguese and Malay and sold internationally – and I worked as a technical editor with Wiley Publishing and Bloomsbury Academic. I now tutor from home while also working as a freelance writer, translator and editor.
In 2021 I was a three-time finalist for the Australian Shadows Awards, winning the nonfiction category with my essay about how menstruation is depicted in horror and dark fiction.
My debut fiction collection of short horror and speculative fiction stories, Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange, began as a bucket-list passion project, and was the first time I had released my short fiction. It was independently published by Wild Wood Books in March 2019 and shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Collected Work.
I’ve had stories published in numerous charity anthologies by Things in the Well, as well as their antipodean horror anthology Outback Horrors Down Under; and my fiction has appeared in Midnight Echo #14, the magazine of the Australasian Horror Writer’s Association; Australasian sci-fi and horror magazine Breach #12 and in the charity anthology Twisted Anatomy from Sci-fi & Scary.
In 2020 I was the lead editor in a team of twelve for the charity anthology, Black Dogs, Black Tales, raising money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. Published by Things In The Well Press in May 2020, to date, we have donated almost $1000 to the MHFNZ.
You can find links to my interviews, book reviews and articles on a number of other platforms at my Writing in Other Places page. including Voices From The Well, Ginger Nuts of Horror, Ladies of Horror Fiction, Divination Hollow Reviews and The Horror Tree.
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, and I use art as a tool to connect, inspire and heal. I started the writing-for-wellness group Well-Written in 2017 which seeks to promote this belief, and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic I ran regular monthly workshops for writers in Wellington. You can read more about how I write for wellness here.
The collaborative project Memento Vitae – Memories of Life, created in September 2020, was born out of my strong desire to write about and share positive memories, and to find healing and connections through creativity.
I like to give back to the community and I have organised a number of charity fundraisers, including two Can’t Stop the Serenity events supporting Equality Now in 2008 and 2014, and a vampire-themed event for Blood Cancer UK. I enjoy making my own art and jewellery, and creating costumes and props for cosplay projects, and I love dressing up to help support a good cause.
If you have any thoughts, feedback or just want to say “hello” please feel free to send me a message here.
A Press Kit including photos, book covers and bios can be found here.