Colleen Maria Lenihan
Upon returning to New Zealand in 2016 after fifteen years in Tokyo and one in New York City, Colleen Maria Lenihan decided to pursue her childhood dream of being an author.
She began writing a collection of short stories, "Cherry Blossom Girl." Some of these stories are drawn from her experiences in Japan, which included several stints working in the mizu shōbai - Tokyo's nightlife entertainment industry.
"These haunting tales from the margins of Japan and New Zealand explore themes of teen suicide, the expat experience, the male gaze, and mother/daughter relationships. They reveal aspects of Japanese and Māori culture in subtle, and sometimes brutal, ways."
Colleen is a photographer and lives in Auckland with her Italian Greyhound, Ghost.
In 2017, she received an Honourable Mention for the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award, and was awarded a scholarship by The Creative Hub and Huia Publishers. In 2018, she was selected for Te Papa Tupu, a Writing Incubator developed by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers. She was recently granted a 2019 Writer's Residency at Michael King Writers' Centre, to complete her first book.
- Adult Fiction
- Freelance Writer
- Short stories
- Corporate writing
- Short story writing