Martii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories for young people to enjoy. She likes to go for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator googles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs.
Or how about this?
Martii Maclean writes adventure, fantasy and myth-punk for children and teens. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and her cat Minerva. Martii has been an educator for 25 years, and now works as a teacher librarian, which allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people.
These experiences have given her precious insight into what makes a story enjoyable, and she met many young people who are searching for stories filled with the odd, the weird and the unexpected. This has inspired her to create stories for young people that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’.
Martii trained as an educator at the University of Western Sydney and the University of New England. She completed a Diploma Creative Writing for Children and has participated in numerous workshops and master classes at the Queensland Writers Centre. She is a member of the Queensland Writer’s Centre, Write Links QLD, Book Links QLD, the ASA, Queensland College of Teachers and Green Peace.
Why did Martii choose writing?
I first discovered the enthralling worlds that hide inside the covers of science fiction and fantasy books long ago, on a stormy Wednesday evening. I was hurrying to choose my books before the library closed. The rain was lashing against the windows, the lightning flashed as the librarian rang the bell to signalling the fast approaching closing time. I grabbed ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ from the shelf. I checked out my three books, tucked them inside my raincoat and ran into the storm towards the glow of the interior light of my dad’s car. I never read the other two books that I borrowed that night, I just read and re-read that strange tale about a teenage girl who……well I don’t want to spoil it for you. From then on I was hooked on stories of the weird, the expected and the impossible. Ever since that stormy night, I have searched for stories that stretch the normal world into something strange and fantastic. There were never enough of these quirky tales, so I enjoyed making up my own, and decades later, I still do.