Meet Mary-anne Scott
Author, Musician and Speaker
Welcome to my website. I am an author, musician and speaker from Havelock North, New Zealand. I’m married to Paul and we have four sons, who have been been generous and unsuspecting contributors to all aspects of my writing.
I also credit many of my ideas to my childhood, growing up as one of nine children. Writing is like foraging; it’s all there if you’re prepared to hunt for it.
My novel, Snakes and Ladders, won the young adult section of the Children’s Choice Award in the 2013 NZ Post Book awards. It was short listed for the LIANZA awards in 2013.
Short stories, flash fiction, articles or blogs are also some of the things I love to write.
Music was at the heart of my world growing up in Hastings. Each of us learned two musical instruments and the choice of instrument for each individual was influenced by the ‘gaps’ in the family orchestra. I was persuaded (today that would read, pushed) towards the cello and although I still play cello, it is the guitar, that won my heart. Teaching and performing are a big part of my everyday life.
Books were the other major influence in my childhood. I was an avid reader with a keen imagination. I was strongly influenced by war stories, especially tales of resistance fighters. If I couldn’t find war stories, I wanted real-life stories about teenagers, and those books were hard to access. There was no category called ‘young adult’ when I was a teenager, and anything really gritty had a gatekeeper standing over it. Perhaps that is why I’m drawn to write for that genre now.
Books and Poems by Joy Watson:
1989: Scholastic: Grandpa’s Slippers
1993: Scholastic: Grandpa’s Cardigan
2001: Scholastic: Grandpa’s Shorts
2003: Scholastic: Grandpa’s Shed
2006: Scholastic: Grandpa’s Cat
1988: L. Media: Pets
1989: NPM Mouse in the House
2000: Scholastic: Highway Robbery
2001: Shortlands: The Birthday Flood
1994: Scholastic: No Porridge Please
1996: Scholastic: Just in Case
1999: Scholastic: Foster Dog
2001: Wendy Pye: A Wet Day at School
2006: Scholastic: Zita the Zebra
2007: Scholastic: Worms Squirm