Philippa Ballantine


Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade before leaving in early 2010 to do her dream job- full-time writing.

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been short listed for the Parsec Awards, and won a Sir Julius Vogel award.

Currently Philippa has three different series with three different publishers. The Books of the Order series; Geist (2010) Spectyr (2011) Wrayth (2012) and Harbinger (2013) with Ace Books. The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences; Phoenix Rising (2011) and The Janus Affair (2012) with Harper Voyager (co-written with Tee Morris). The Shifted World novels; Hunter and Fox (2012) and Born and Made (2013) with Pyr Books.

The Ministry series has or will be published in America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Russia. The Books of the Order will be published in Germany.

When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling.

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