Welcome to my website. I’m Cassie, a writer of mostly science fiction and fantasy, from Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand.

As J.C. Hart I write fiction most influenced by the mythology and culture of the land I live on. As Nova Blake I look more to the wider world, drawing inspiration from everything from fairy tales to mythology. In all my books I love nothing more than exploring the complexities of relationships, whether they be between friends, lovers, family, or enemies.

I’m an alumna of the Te Papa Tupu programme, a Sir Julius Vogel Award winning editor, and most importantly I love coffee, chocolate, and everything zombies.


My blog

Patreon and Being Brave

Part of my *thing* this year is to get braver, so yesterday I officially launched the Patreon account I've been sitting on for three years! lol If you don't know what Patreon is, it's a platform for engaging with fans of you/your work, where people can sign up to...

Wrapping Up 2019

Well, 2019 is almost at its end, so it’s time to look back on the year that was. Recapping the goals that I set out at the start of the year… Enjoy all there is to enjoy about my amazing writer life. – CHECK! I really did make the most of it this year, attending...

The Privilege of Print

I’ve spent much of this year listening to audiobooks. Hundreds of hours (Thanks, Libby!). My exploration of audio began because it was more restful to listen to a book than to make my eyes work, and a lot of this year has been trial and error in finding ways to deal...


A full list of all my published work, including short fiction.

Press Pack

Resources for media, booksellers, librarians, and event organisers.

Get in touch

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