M. Marinan


M. Marinan is comfortably located in Wellington, New Zealand: a city that ‘you can’t beat on a fine day’. (Disclaimer: there aren’t that many fine days, but she’s still there.)

She loves stories with adventure, drama and a happy ending, and writes in the same vein. She also likes beautiful things, nice people and carefully created art – the sort that looks as though it took effort, not like a toddler painted it with a brush stuck to their forehead. She also illustrates all her own work. It’s fun, she knows the characters...and she’s a bit cheap.

Thanks to Massey University for making her feel qualified to publish her own work (and for giving her a student debt that will follow her into her old age. It was worth it).

Where to find M. Marinan online


Across Time & Space
Three time periods collide in a universe not quite like our own, where science meets the supernatural. A fast-paced young adult adventure.
Mountain of Glass
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Desert of Fire
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Desert of Ice
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The Hidden Door
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Fairytale Memoirs
Not-so-traditional fairytales with realism, humour and of course, happily-ever-after. Each story takes place in the same universe, but can be read on its own.


Take Me Home: A Sci-Fi Survivalist Adventure Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,160. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A woman unexpectedly steps through ‘the Gate’, a one-way portal into a bleak world. There she finds a small tribe of human survivors, as well as mysterious beings who could either help or harm.
Whiter than Snow
Price: Free! Words: 123,530. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
It’s time for Jon to go home, ready or not. His destiny awaits in the world of the distant future: a dangerous place run by the ruthless and immortal Creatures. But he won’t be alone. Fellow time-traveler Elspeth leaps at the chance to follow her best friend. The only problem is, she’ll arrive at a time before Jon has ever left, and therefore before he knows who she is…
Tyger: An Out-of-This-World Tale
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 145,920. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Astrid, a young human girl on the alien planet of Tyger, is thrilled to be invited to celebrations at the native palace. But when someone close to her falls for a local who’s completely off-limits, it sets off a dangerous chain of events that change her life forever… A standalone novel.
The Hidden Door
Series: Across Time & Space. Price: Free! Words: 101,290. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Across Time & Space Book 5. Ash and George’s 21st century holiday is interrupted when a family emergency calls him home to 1818. Ash heads to the supernatural haven of Erastus to find answers. But an ancient, unknown danger is stalking Erastus, and she’s about to find out what really lies through those beautiful stone archways…
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,510. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Seventeen-year-old Iscendra’s world is shaken when she’s illegally conscripted into a spoiled Martian ruler’s private army. With her entire future under threat, it takes all her strength not to fall apart. But when the opportunity arises for real change, will she have the courage to risk not just her own life, but her family’s too?
Gifted: A Fairytale Memoirs novella
Series: Fairytale Memoirs. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,620. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fairy tales
(5.00 from 1 review)
Claire’s been given a choice. Her refugee people can settle in a safe, beautiful location – if she agrees to marry the beastly son of the local chieftain. As a bonus, they won’t kill her father. Seems like a win-win situation…right up until she catches sight of the groom, who’s rather beastlier than she’d expected. She desperately wants peace – but is the price too high?
Viola Sends Her Regrets
Series: Fairytale Memoirs. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 96,090. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Viola knows that she isn’t the prettiest girl in the room, or the most popular. That honour goes to her stepsister Nellie, who was spoiled rotten by her late father, but who is also as beautiful as an angel and charming enough to get whatever she wants. And right now, what Nellie wants is to go to the royal ball. Little does Viola know what the far-reaching consequences of that desire will be...
The Mostly Forgotten Memoirs of Rose Red
Series: Fairytale Memoirs. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,960. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
One simple choice can change your life forever… Left penniless by her father’s death, Rose-Red lives in a cottage in the woods outside a small, unimportant village along with her twin sister and mother. Life seems small and unimportant too, right up until the night a very special, hairy visitor knocks on their door…
Desert of Ice
Series: Across Time & Space. Price: Free! Words: 114,500. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Across Time & Space Book 4. Ash, George and Anne are now centuries apart, each caught in separate adventures – if you could call an insane asylum or a rioting crowd an ‘adventure’. But in the massive, futuristic city of Lile, 2598 AD, Coryn is in serious need of help. Paths are about to cross, and life is about to get very, very dangerous…
Desert of Fire
Series: Across Time & Space. Price: Free! Words: 99,300. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Across Time & Space Book 3. It starts with a wedding, but could end with a funeral… Ash and George are newly married, taking advantage of the remnant gateways to live across two centuries, while Anne is happily chasing immortality on the Mountain of Glass. So far, so good. But they’re all about to find out that life is never straightforward when time travel and the Other realm collide…
Breaking the Glass Slipper
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,420. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Valentina hates fairytales - happily-ever-after is for people with no problems. Luckily for her, she's just moved to the fabulous Sweetheart Island Resort to start afresh. Sure, it might have more androids and actors than real people, and her new fiance might have a rather nasty secret, and the owners are DEFINITELY up to something sinister...but it's a resort! What could possibly go wrong?
Mountain of Glass
Series: Across Time & Space. Price: Free! Words: 125,910. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Across Time & Space Book 2. After escaping the Queen’s grasp in 2155 AD, Ash, George and Anne find themselves reluctant flatmates in the twenty-first century – no ID, no money, and apparently forgotten by friends and enemies alike. But when another bizarre twist of fate leads the trio out of Ash’s time and into just about everywhere else, they discover that they're not so forgotten after all...
The Eternity Stone
Series: Across Time & Space. Price: Free! Words: 121,490. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Across Time & Space Book 1. Ash, George and Anne are unlikely companions, not least because they were born five hundred years apart. Taken from their own times for unknown purposes, they must find out where they are, how they got there, and more importantly, how to get away. The answers lie in the nearby village of Iversley, which hides a very BIG secret…

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