Who Am I?

Kelly A Egan is a New Zealand born Irish woman with a penchant for writing.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English Literature and Comparative Religions, and minors in Gender Studies and Indian History. She based her University career around sexuality and gender representations in New Zealand and Postcolonial Literature, before heading off to teachers college where she got her diploma in teaching high school English, media and social studies – as teenagers are her favourite kind of people, it was only natural that she find a way to spend more time with them.

Though she admits to having hated high school herself, she is a lover of higher education. Kelly makes a habit of being a bit of a career student and hopes that she will never be forced to leave the education system. She believes firmly in education and learning and is extremely against the provocative idea that one must grow up and settle down in order to achieve something from life.

A Buddhist free thinker, wife and mother, Kelly finds happiness in an eclectic lifestyle and is most happy surrounded by animals and her family. She is a lover of music and maudlin writing, of poetry and visual arts, of open-mindedness, acceptance and kindness. It has often been said that she is far too honest for her own good.

A zombie loving, self confessed popular culture junkie, Kelly invests far too much time indulging in great films and tv of a dystopian and horrific nature – though she is incredibly squeamish and a complete baby who has to be coaxed into watching horror – unless there are zombies!  She has studied (and taught) fantasy and horror genres in both film and literature (best topic of study ever!).

Kelly currently lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband Oliver and their two teenage daughters, Siobhan and Aleeya.

She writes whatever springs into her mind and has three books currently in the works – Virvrika, Sidhe, and Ella Sometimes.

About This Site

A little background to the site name – it’s our website business name – pukka nui, which is a play on the Maori Pukanui who was the most awesome character in a series of kids books I loved. It means fat belly. So we got pukka-nui, pukka, as in good, nui as in big. Big good! That’s exactly what I am. 😉

This blog was created in 2007 as a documentation of my final teaching practice which I spent in my home town with my parents and away from my husband and children. It has since then grown into a personal account of humorous and not so humorous events in my life, and as a writing journal.

Some of my writing influences are:

  • Janet Frame
  • Frank Sargeson
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Stephen King
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Katherine Mansfield
  • Witi Ihimaera
  • C.S Lewis
  • Francesca Lia Block
  • George R R Martin
  • Ben Okri
  • Joseph Heller
  • Keri Hulme
  • Walter Macken
  • Bram Stoker
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Tom Spanbauer
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • James Joyce
  • W.B. Yeats
  • Kurt Vonnegut

Thanks for visiting! I love comments, it’s how we grow. Please feel free to leave me your feedback on my writing.

Kelly x

4 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Nicole L. Bates

    It’s great to get to know more about you Kelly. You sound like the kind of person that would be fun to hang out with. I’m also a fan of Neil Gaiman and C.S. Lewis. I look forward to reading more about you and your books! Glad to connect with you.

  2. Marian Evans (@devt)

    I love this post! I’ve been so envious of everyone who went to the festival and especially if they went to this session but now I feel as though I *was* there, being excited! Thank you!

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