Marion was brought up on a dairy farm in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Always an outdoor girl, she thought herself tomboyish until her father corrected her. “Not tomboyish. Daring.” Her siblings called her Muttley. You may remember the main character Dick Dastardly and his dog Muttley in the TV series Wacky Races. Dick had famous sayings like ‘Drat, drat and double drat’ and the catchphrase ‘Muttley, do something!’. That may have been Marion’s situation - do something - as she was always a bit of a rebel and the eldest girl. Or maybe it was her laugh!
Marion Day never had any inclination to write or even scribble down words when she was young. With busy Dutch immigrant parents, she doesn’t recall books around the house until her first job in a bookshop at sixteen. It was there they took on any real form. She enjoyed bookselling tremendously, and completed a year’s bookseller’s course.
The next closest thing to writing came when a palmist read her palm: “You will be a well-known author by 29.” That didn’t happen! Marion was far too busy snatching everything life offered in case it passed her by. She was New Zealand’s second woman microlight pilot and she featured in National TV programme The Maggie Barry Gardening Show with her NZ Open Herb Garden. Twenty-five years later, she took a breather. At her father’s insistence, and without any writing experience, she compiled his autobiography.
Three years on, on a frosty winter’s morning, Marion woke and told her partner she was going to become a famous writer. He laughed. After all, she was a cattle and pig farmer!
But the dream had begun. The bug caught.
For the next two years, between hectic farm work, Marion Day taught herself to write. Then in 2010 a huge life change was made to come and live in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Here she began full-time writing.
Marion Day has won adult and children’s short story competitions, including being shortlisted in the Storylines Joy Cowley Text Awards. She has children’s and adult’s stories in anthologies. 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 National Rural Women’s/Ministry of Primary Industry’s short story and photographic competition, which saw her in Parliament to accept her award. Marion has recently had prose accepted for Bird Words to be published by Penguin/RandomHouse.
Marion has been shortlisted in the Page and Blackmore National Short Story Competition. Liberated was accepted for Poem in the Window, she also won the Page and Blackmore Poetry competition. Marion was 'Highly commended' for her children's books in the Enterprising Rural Women New Zealand Awards - this award showcases the talent and business skills of women living and working in rural communities, and how they can run very successful rural enterprises.
2019 was a busy year for Marion. Kōwhai Kids, her new children’s nature series picture, was released. Also Passion - Living, Feasting and Writing in the Deep Marlborough Sounds. A large book including photographic plates, nature, recipes, hunter-gatherer, community, short story, poetry and diary entries.
Due out in 2020 is her new intermediate hunting/adventure book, Grab ya Boots. Included are ten exciting stories and photographs from young kiwi hunters. There’s lots happening in this ‘hot’ little book — watch out for Grab ya Boots in your local bookstores October.
And even more exciting in 2021, her young adult novel Pipi will be published by Cuba Press.
Marion is delighted to be working with Kiwi and International Illustrator Richard Hoit on Elton the Skycrane - a children’s picture book series beginning with four titles. Elton, the third biggest helicopter in the world, fights wildfires and carries heavy-lift jobs and rescues. It’s a super-exciting series and children are sure to fall in love with Elton and his friends, Connie the helicopter and Flaps the aeroplane bomber.
Marion is thrilled to have her Young Adult manuscript Pipi accepted by The Cuba Press. This will be released in the first quarter of 2022. (On Hold)
Marion’s project for 2021 is the reprint of the sort-after Injun Joe - The Legend of Smoking Joe Collins. Injun Joe will be a limited edition, collectable. Each book will be printer stamped as such. The print run is very small. New excerpts, bigger size, hardcover book in elegant slipcase. Over 160 new photos, larger and enhanced. From 263 to 320 pages. Email early to secure your copy.
Love and Loss, one of four beautiful anthologies published by Exisle Publishing (NZ), includes Marion’s short story Small Things. Her story beat hundreds of other entries from around the world. Love and Loss, Human Kindness, Fear and Courage, Struggle and Success can be found on Amazon as well as bookstores throughout New Zealand, United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Direct Link: https://exislepublishing.com/product-category/emotional-inheritance/timeless-wisdom/
Marion is delighted to announce that every book she has written is eligible for the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Royalty Scheme 2020. To meet this criteria, there must be more than 50 books (each title) in National Libraries in New Zealand. Every book taken out, receives a 3 cent royalty paid yearly. A great help to authors.
If you missed watching National TV Programme Country Calendar (Nov 2019) that included a sneak peak of Marion’s books as part of Katy and Jason’s (son) sheep milking operation in Taupo, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPBN4S-HfI8
Marion has been enrolled at the National Office of Rural Women New Zealand as a Branch Member of Honour - a honour conferred on her by the Kenepuru Branch in consideration of long and outstanding service to Rural Women New Zealand. 16/Jul/2019
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