Maureen Crisp

Biography

Maureen Crisp is a children's writer and teacher based in New Zealand. She has published with School Journal NZ, Penguin New Zealand, and Marmac Media. Maureen also wrote a popular column for kids in a nationally distributed newspaper for ten years. Maureen writes a weekly blog roundup on publishing tips and trends for her fellow children's writers in New Zealand and around the world.
In 2017 Maureen was awarded the prestigious Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for Outstanding Services to Children's Literature in New Zealand. Maureen was one of the team of judges for The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2018.
She has a keen interest in astronomy and loves finding things out which all feed the stories she tells and writes.

Smashwords Interview

Have you ever wanted to run away and join a circus?
The music, the lights, the smell of candyfloss dragging you into a fun-filled world of tricks and stunts and laughter and close happy times with your family. It sounds like a perfect life. I wrote the Circus Quest series sitting in a Circus Warehouse where performers and students were rehearsing and learning new tricks to take on tour. Bit by bit I added to the circus world in my head and on paper while I watched the students and trainers prepare for new performances for the coming touring year. Although the circus life sounds wonderful, it is filled with hard work too. Everybody must keep fit and supple for their performances. They must be able to work together in a huge family atmosphere. Sometimes injuries and equipment breakdowns can make circus life stressful. I wanted to show what life is like behind the Big Top. It can be a fabulous way to spend the summer. The Circus performers all said that the joy on children's faces is the best payment in the world.
When did you first start writing?
I've been scribbling ideas down since I was a child. I lived inside my head a lot imagining huge epic stories. When I was a teaching student I started to write down ideas. Sometimes they remained idea fragments and sometimes they evolved into stories and got published. My stories often spend years being refined and changed before I stop twiddling with them and leave them alone.
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Series

Circus Quest
The Circus Quest series follows a traveling circus on tour as they hunt down and solve clues to become Circus Challenge Champions. With codes, circus stunts and slapstick humour these books are sure to delight beginning independent readers. Children's Fiction: Chapter book, Age 6 upwards. 10 books in series.

Books

Performing Poodles
Series: Circus Quest. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Circus, Fiction » Adventure » General
Kestrel is outperformed by a poodle? The clues are getting harder. When Pepper, the performing poodle is dog-napped, Kestrel races to the rescue. Is he out of luck as well as out of time? Join Kestrel and Skye on a circus tour filled with codes, villains and danger.
Magician's Moustache (Circus Quest Series Book Two)
Series: Circus Quest. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Circus, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Magician’s Moustache - Circus Quest Series Book Two Skye discovers that hanging upside down isn’t always magic. With a guide rope on the Big Top snapped, the first show of the new tour is off to a bad start. The next clue is hidden in a clock. Unfortunately the town of Papenton is filled with clocks. Join Kestrel and Skye on a circus tour filled with codes, villains and danger!
The Playbill (Circus Quest Series Book One)
Series: Circus Quest. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Circus
Circus Quest Series- Book One: The Playbill A strange letter and code propels the circus into a tour they will never forget. The mysterious Puzzle Master has invited Circus Charles to once again compete to find the best circus in the world. But not everyone wants them to win. Will they be stopped like last time? Join Kestrel and Skye on a circus tour filled with codes, villains and danger!

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