Janet Pates lives with her husband in the Waikato township of Tuakau. She writes fiction and fact for adults and children. Her first children’s novel, ‘Mystery At Tui Bay’ was a past winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award. Her children’s writing has been published in the School journal, the internet and featured on Radio NZ.She was the winner of the 2012 New Zealand national Flash Fiction award, writes non fiction, usually on local history subjects and has recently completed a memoir.
She has retired from teaching, farming and shop keeping but has no plans to retire from writing.