Born in Nelson, Chrissie Ward is a published author of adult and children’s non-fiction, short stories, and articles on diverse subjects. Her first appearance in print was as co-author of a social sciences text, Man In Society, published by AH & AW Reed in 1975. Chrissie does occasional editorial work, using the skills developed while working as a copywriter and proofreader for two publishers in Oxford, England in the 1980s. In 1986 she bought a croft in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland, and began writing fiction as a way of occupying the long, dark winter days.
When she returned to New Zealand in 1998, Chrissie edited Dear Lizzie: A Kiwi Soldier Writes From The Battlefields of World War One, a collection of her grandfather’s letters (HarperCollins, 2000). She compiled the text for Kia Ora Postie: A Love Affair With Kiwi Letter Boxes, with photographs by Véronique Cornille (New Holland, 2006). Her children’s book Curious Kiwi Creatures was published by New Holland in 2007.
Chrissie’s short stories have been published in local and overseas magazines and anthologies. She has been a winner and shortlisted in national and international short story competitions, and has had two stories broadcast on Radio NZ National.
She was the Chair of Top of the South Branch of NZSA between July 2013 and May 2015 and Branch Editor, writing and distributing the fortnightly email newsletter, from 2008 to 2022. Listen here to her interview on the Bookworms programme on Fresh FM in January 2017, here to her interview on Kiss Me Hardie in October 2018, and here to her interview on the Top Writers Radio Show in September 2019.
Chrissie Ward lives in Nelson City
and can be contacted here