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Mandy was born in 1960 in Levin, New Zealand. Mandy is married to Brian, and has two adult children: Thom and Rose and has recently become a doting granny to Leo. She lives on an acre of land on the Kapiti Coast.
She started her professional life as a teacher, before specialising in the teaching of people with learning difficulties. She has also worked as a youth education officer, a research assistant, a tertiary-level writing tutor, and continues to work as a writing tutor, mentor and assessor, as well as a freelance writer. Her books have won several awards. In 2014 she was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, one of NZs oldest and most prestigious writing awards, which enabled her to spend 6 months living in Menton, in the South of France as she researched a new project.
She is currently the 2015 Writer in Residence at Waikato University, Hamilton, NZ.
(adapted from http://mandyhager.blogspot.com.au/p/about-me.html)