Debbie McCauley is a fifth-generation Pakeha New Zealander whose earliest ancestor arrived in New Zealand in 1841. Other ancestors were pioneers of the Katikati and Cambridge settlements. Since 2003 Debbie has worked as a librarian at Tauranga City Library with an interest in local history.
She is a prolific writer with a huge number of essays and articles to her credit as well as being a published author.
Debbie's book for children, Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill: a Story from the Rena Disaster won the Best Non-Fiction category in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her first book for children, Taratoa and the Code of Conduct: a Story from the Battle of Gate Pa was a finalist in the 2015 LIANZA Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards.
Debbie will be talking about her work and what it takes to get published in her talk, Publish and Be Damned as part of La Fiesta on Saturday, February 27, at the Community Room, Gonville Cafe Library, Abbott St. Koha please.