Tabatha Wood is an award-winning author of weird, dark fiction and narrative poetry from Aotearoa, New Zealand. A former English teacher and library manager, her first books were guides for professional educators, and her work has featured in print and online worldwide. She now tutors from home while also working as a freelance writer, editor and translator.
Tabatha won an Australian Shadows Award in 2021 for her essay on menstruation in horror and was shortlisted three times for her horror nonfiction and edited work. She is a two-time finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel awards, with her debut short story collection, DARK WINDS OVER WELLINGTON, shortlisted for Best Collected Work. In 2020, Tabatha was lead editor for BLACK DOGS, BLACK TALES, a charity anthology raising money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
Her creative writing is inspired by her life experiences and the beautiful country where she lives. She is passionate about the benefits of writing for positive mental health and founded the writing-for-wellness group Well-Written in 2017 to promote this belief. Her collaborative project, Memento Vitae – Memories of Life, was born out of Tabatha’s strong desire to write about and share positive memories, and to find healing and connections through creativity.
You can read more of her stories, essays and blog posts at https://tabathawood.com.