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About The Speaker

Cassie Hart

"Cassie Hart (aka J.C. Hart and Nova Blake) is a Māori (Kāi Tahu, Makaawhio) speculative fiction writer who enjoys delving into human nature in all its beauty and disarray. Over the past five years she has published over ten novel and novellas, and has had her work printed in various anthologies including: A Foreign Country, Baby Teeth: Bite-sized Tales of Terror, Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, and Regeneration, as well as co-editing and contributing to the Sir Julius Vogel winning benefit anthology, Tales for Canterbury. In 2018 she was selected as one of six emerging Māori writers to participate in the Te Papa Tupu incubator programme, where she worked on her novel, Butcherbird, a supernatural suspense set under the watchful gaze of Mount Taranaki - which will be coming out from Huia in 2021. When she’s not raising her horde of wonderfully creepy children, or dreaming of the day she’ll have an army of ninja kittens, she’s writing, reading, or playing games."


Butcherbird, a supernatural suspense set in rural Taranaki (Aotearoa, New Zealand) is coming out from Huia in 2021

D&D Alignment

Neutral Good

Bender Class

Air Bender

Favorite Book Quote

“I am so, so alive.” Maggie Stiefvater, Scorpio Races