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.

Cassie

J.C. Hart

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My blog

How to Exorcise a Book

When I was first writing Butcherbird, two years ago (well, almost), my Nana died. I kept writing. I made myself. Loved the book more than before because it was a focus, it was important. Vital, even. I finished the book and began editing it the next year with the help...

The Cost of Grief

Over the past month or so there have been many reasons to grieve, and due to the back to back nature of it, it’s given me the opportunity to observe a few things about myself. Which is always interesting. I’m standing here, having just come back from a massive...

Some of us need a group

I’m a total introvert and would prefer to stay home, alone, in peace. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need a writer tribe, or that getting together with the people who fit that bill is more refreshing than draining. The right people are a balm, not a poison. Are you the...

Bibliography

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

Etherhart Grove

Come hang out in this cosy Facebook group for readers of J.C. Hart and Nova Blake’s books.

Press Pack

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

Get in touch

I love to hear from readers. Drop me a line here.