Marion Day lives in the outer Pelorus Sound in the Marlborough Sounds and has been writing for nine years. She has several published books – a children’s chapter book, two pre-teen action and adventure, and Injun Joe, The Legend of Smoking Joe Collins, a biography which made the Nielsen’s New Zealand bestseller and Whitcoulls top five sports books list. She has children’s stories included in anthologies.
Marion has also won adult and children’s story competitions, including being shortlisted in the annual Joy Cowley Awards. One of her pre-teen stories has been included in the ESA’s New Zealand textbook for secondary school students – Level 1 Literacy Learning Workbook. Another success was as winner of the New Zealand Rural Women’s/MPI short story and photographic competition, which saw her in Parliament to accept her award from the Honourable Nick Smith.
Blood Brothers, a second biography completed at the request of The Halcyon Press, was released November 2016 and reprinted in February 2017. Marion has also had her submission accepted for an up and coming NZ bird poetry and prose book to be published by Penguin/Random House in October 2017.
Spiny Sebastian Starfish, her first children’s picture book, was released in 2016. Sebastian is one of a series of nature books where children learn about nature through fictional but realistic stories. Published by AM Publishing New Zealand, each book is supported by an information page in the front and back. Black Shag and The Little Feijoa Tree, published in May 2017, are sequels. Further titles will be released in 2018: Jed Jelly and the Jelly Gang (Jed is a jellyfish), Oscar and Ollie Oystercatcher's Ordeal, and the third about the Forest Ringlet, a rare New Zealand butterfly.
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In July 2017 Marion was interviewed live on Fresh FM's 'Bookworms' programme. Listen here