Book lovers and movie buffs around the world have told us they’re looking for one thing: amazing women-driven stories and storytellers. They’re tired of the same old stuff, the same white guy characters, the same rehashed plots. There’s so much more out there, but it can be hard to find.
So here we are! <trumpet intro> Narrative Muse!
Search our catalog and check out our reviews to find stories by top-notch women screenwriters, authors and directors and the best books and movies that feature women characters. We’ve got tales that touch your heart, narratives that stretch your brain, characters that crack you up, a whole library of stories that get you.
And when you find your next book or movie, just click “watch it” or “read it” to get it. Simple. As. That.
Welcome to Narrative Muse. We think you’ll like it here.
The neighborhood Musers
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 favourite 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 writing as-yet-unproduced buddy-road-trip-comedies. 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.
Meet Jess, Narrative Muse’s web content manager. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Auckland, New Zealand and currently works for Hachette.
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.
Claire is a composer of music for concert, film and television. She’s head of Auckland’s biggest band of musical hooligans- The Blackbird Ensemble. Her interests in the arts are broad and she likes to have her curious fingers in many pies at once. When she’s not writing music or words, or continuing her search for the best burger and poutine in town, you’ll find her whizzing by you on her bright orange electric bike, Tangerine.
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.
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.
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.