Maria Gill writes children's books, educational resources, and freelance articles fulltime from her lifestyle block in Warkworth. Maria is a trained Primary School teacher (BED, DipTchg) and has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies. She has written 13 children books for the trade market, two digital books, 17 educational books for the international market, and numerous articles for educational journals, and magazines. New Zealand Hall of Fame won the Children's Choice (non-fiction category) at the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2012. Two of her books have been shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, five have been shortlisted for the LIANZA book awards, and seven have been Storylines Notable Books.