Say hi to Brough. She’s the original Narrative Muse instigator. She asks “why?” a lot and loves to get to the bottom of things. Conversations, musings, and stories are her favorite things. Once a film and TV editor, she’s now taking on the world with her vision to make sure “nobody puts Baby in a corner”.  Originally from the US, Brough now lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Meet Teresa, co-founder and human voice of Narrative Muse. When she’s not using her brain cells for marketing and communications, she’s binge watching tv and screenwriting buddy-road-trip-comedy movies. Thanks to her grandmother, her favorite book and movie are both To Kill a Mockingbird. Teresa is among the hoards of Americans who now call Wellington, New Zealand home.

Lauren helps Narrative Muse on the money and business side of things. As a girl, her favorite movie was Mulan (let’s be honest… that’s still one of her favorite movies), and she’s excited to see Narrative Muse promote more badass heroines for girls and women. Lauren loves learning languages, running by the ocean, and eating kumara fries, and she is always happy to talk about social justice, systems thinking, and companies with purpose.

Ella’s a writer/editor for Narrative Muse based in Toronto. Raised near Salem MA, known for its 19th century witch trials (it’s always Halloween there), she grew up with a love for history and all things fantastical – from classic fairytales to comic superhero/villain action (please, please never mention Suicide Squad). Her favorite films are by Studio Ghibli and her ultimate dream is to write a story deemed animation-worthy by Miyazaki himself.

Rhean is an editor for Narrative Muse. Originally from Hawai’i, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys its fabulous food, quirky culture, and abundant sunshine. She’s a lifelong word nerd and recently completed her MFA in Fiction Writing. When she’s not wandering into bookstores or pondering the meaning of life, she’s dreaming up her next international travel adventure. On the short list right now: Okinawa, Santorini, and the Faroe Islands!

Keren is a product developer assistant for Narrative Muse. She’s currently studying English and New Media Studies with a minor in Cinematic Arts at AUT. She’s a loud introvert who loves eating chocolates and ice cream. When she’s not napping or daydreaming, she likes to paint, read or binge watch short films and documentaries. She currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Sam is a web developer for Narrative Muse. Originally from Indonesia, she has bounced from city to city across the globe (Berlin, New York, Beijing…) before finally deciding to call Auckland home.  She loves binge-watching TV, geeking out over Drupal, and cats. So many cats.

Aorthi is a junior engineer at Narrative Muse. She’s currently studying Engineering at the University of Auckland and has a deep love of Harry Potter, desserts and the theatre (musicals in particular). During the summer, you can usually find her on the beach swimming, exploring or reading in the sun. During the rest of the year, you’ll find her watching Netflix in bed. Her life goal is to bake a hundred different types of desserts and to finally master all the lyrics to Hamilton the Musical.

Purnesh, our data engineer at Narrative Muse has a profound love for application of scientific principles to real life(don’t worry, we don’t fully understand it either). He basically makes his computer do, whatever he doesn’t want to do. Apart from training models, programming and visualizing data, he is busy in exploration of New Zealand with his camera, which he finds to be quite different from India, his native country.

Ruokai is the database administrator at Narrative Muse. Always keen to get hands-on with data, he has a strong interest in statistics and data visualization. He’s also a bit of a food lover and will travel around just for the sake of trying wacky new foods and exploring new tastes. In his spare time, you can find him listening to retro synthwave music, geeking out over sci-fi films and wondering if androids really do dream of electric sheep.

Narrative Muse Contributors

This is A.C.!  She’s an unofficial member of geekdom and loves board games, tabletop games, video games, mind games… just kidding.  Or are we?  A.C. has written a novel and a half and is hoping to be published this year, as the habit of writing is growing harder to shake.  She lives in Interlaken, which is in rural upstate New York.  Her heroes are Captain Kathryn Janeway and her cat, Fiddle.

Alana is a lover of poetry, peanut butter and punctuation (oh, and alliteration). She joined Narrative Muse because getting to read and watch empowering books and movies is hard work, but someone’s got to do it. She spent most of her childhood traveling in Europe and Asia because her parents were travel-crazed, but now she calls New Zealand home. 

Just south of Raglan, New Zealand, Amy lives in a bus and measures her life’s success by the amount of time she has to read and number of plants she grows from seed. She loves to write, eat, do yoga, read poetry and be in the trees or sea.

Camilla is an educator, comedian, and aspiring screenwriter from the Bronx, New York. A natural born storyteller with a BA in English, her fondness for eccentricities shine through an authentic voice. Apart from performing at open mics around NYC and updating her blog, she can also be found dancing, eating, and spending time with family. 

Carl, father of three (mostly) delightful boys, loves to learn and wrestle with big ideas. He’s a massive nerd and will debate anything from which is the best Star Wars film (Empire obviously) to whether computers could ever be conscious (maaaaybe?). His love of movies, books, music, and technology has led him down a path of film and TV post-production, writing, acting, and now – back to school. The journey continues...

Debbie reviews films & books for Narrative Muse as part of her freelance hustle in Brooklyn, New York. She loves film critique, creativity, advocating for kindness, Mexican food, yoga, GIFs, getting rush tickets for Broadway shows, and reading on the Subway.

Ernest is an actor/ stand-up comedian/ writer/ stage manager from Cincinnati, Ohio. He has a BAC from Bowling Green State University. Ernest is passionate about the arts such as film, theatre, music, comedy and literature. He loves sports, especially basketball. Another passion of his is food (as should be everyone’s). So if you can cook, invite him round and he’ll come over. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Hanna writes stories for video games. She’s a fantasy geek, a story consultant and the occasional accidental author of non-fiction – including reviews for Narrative Muse. She likes traveling, baking, writing (a lot), making music, drinking tea, staying in and playing board games.

Meet Ian, a book buyer at Auckland’s Time Out Bookstore who always has his nose in the latest strange and wondrous books. When he’s not floating around the shop handing out recommendations, he can be found playing in his party punk band Dad Jokes. Although originally from Canada, now he spends most of his time in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jack Gabriel is an English teacher and writer currently in an unhealthy relationship with procrastination. He loves good games, bad movies, dad jokes and anything to do with monsters. Jack lives in Auckland with his wife and two cats, dividing his free time between writing, reading and drinking too much coffee.

Jack Holloway studies Karl Barth and Marxist Theory at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While he spends most of his time engaging heady texts for his thesis, he likes to read across genres, and he is a movie-lover, with a particular affinity for old, indie, and foreign films. Beyond movies and books, you could talk to Jack about the year’s best music, different kinds of beer, or even baking!

This is Jenna. She manages the  New Zealand Time Out Bookstore (winner of the Bookseller of the Year at NZ Book Industry Awards 2016). She also is a freelance photographer with a BFA from the Dunedin School of Fine Art. Jenna lives in Auckland, NZ but will always call Dunedin home.

Say salut to Jenn. Dubbed Ms. MacGyver by her friends for her love of technology, problem solving, and travel. Jenn is a professional storyteller and sometimes kitten herder on a mission to unite science, social justice, and occasional purr fests. In her spare time she enjoys pretending to speak french and filming satirical youtube videos. During the rare times when she is not living out of a suitcase, Jenn considers the US her home. She currently lives in New York.

Meet Jess, a content curator for Narrative Muse. An analytical chemist and actress by trade, Jess likes to do things accurately and artistically. She is insatiably curious and is always trying something new, be it a crochet pattern, a new career or going on a solo adventure. Originally from Colorado, Jess now calls Wellington, New Zealand home.

Jules recently moved to Toronto from New Zealand to see how the other side of the world lives – apparently it is not that different. She is the social media guru and a film reviewer for Narrative Muse and gets beyond excited about anything muse-worthy. She can also connect any actress or actor to Meryl Streep in 6 degrees of separation – that’s a lot harder than you think.

Meet Kayla: A real Jane of all trades and master of none; She has gone from photography school, to the military, to conservation work and now she resides in Auckland, New Zealand working in I.T. and teaching herself several programming languages. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she is perplexed by the popularity of cacti in fashion and home decor. She recently started her own film club for women in Auckland before being introduced to Narrative Muse and joining the team. She loves being around other creative people and drinking copious amounts of cold brew coffee. 

Laura is a Promiscuous Reader and Book Club Slut who spends her time biking around looking for sidewalk cats and browsing bookstalls. She is obsessed with Donna Tartt and drinks her coffee black. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, she lives in Cambridge UK.

Meet Madison, a reviewer for Narrative Muse, originally from Auckland, but currently in exile on Australia’s Gold Coast. She mostly spends her time wandering around out in the sun and wondering what to do with her BFA (apart from singing lounge covers of Robbie Williams and Nancy Sinatra). She has a passion for all things lyrical and lonely, like films directed by Sophia Coppola and Jane Campion, and books by Patti Smith, Ali Smith and Mary Gaitskill.

This is Maiko. She’s liked books since forever, which is how she ended up working in publishing. Her favorite author is now, and forever will be, Tamora Pierce (and not only because Prince Jonathan was her first book crush). She’ll read anything (unless it’s Austen) and especially loves folklore and myth. Her current addictions are radio-drama podcasts, movies starring Domhnall Gleeson and going for extravagantly long walks. She’s based in London and currently works for Hachette.

Meet Melissa. She’s a recent Los Angeles transplant from New York City. She’ll charm you with sloppy musings about random ideas when she’s had enough alcohol; otherwise, she’ll force you into friendship with fierce intimidation and/or whining. She makes a living through the magical medium of video. She’s a hard core geek who spends more time inside fiction than reality. Ask about her Star Wars wedding and we’ll throw in more pictures than you can stomach!

Meet Micah.  She loves tea, travel, and history. When she’s not telling you about her favorite films and books, she’s acting, writing, and working on community projects in the hopes of empowering the voiceless and challenging them to change the world for the better. Originally from Virginia, Micah now lives in London, England.

Meet Sam, he writes about wine by day and drinks it with the perfect movie pairing by night. He spent time freelancing on sets and made some short films – they were all about inanimate objects eating people. Hailing originally from the United States, he has spent most of his life in New Zealand, though has never shaken a blandly foreign accent. His life choices were all validated the night he saw Werner Herzog describe Nicolas Cage as the greatest human being alive.

Whitney’s a passionate high school English teacher and one of the few extroverts in existence who would rather be at home reading right now. She spent her childhood in Bangladesh but now she lives in a big ol’ house in Auckland filled with flatmates, cups of tea, and mismatched couches