Author & playwright.

Maura Pierlot

I’m an author and playwright based in Canberra, Australia – a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the Bronx, where I grew up. 

As a child I loved to read and write, and always felt at home in the world of ideas. So perhaps it’s no surprise that I studied philosophy for many years, leading to several degrees including a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics. 

I have worked as a ethicist, medical journalist, editor and a small business owner in marketing, real estate and property development. Although I have written in some capacity all my life, I turned to creative writing only about five years ago, sensing it was time for a career change. My short stories, plays and young adult manuscript have won or been shortlisted for awards, and I’ve never looked back.

My plays have been performed in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. My first children’s picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town, has just been published. I’m confident that my young adult novel will be published in late 2018 or early 2019. I’m working on a full-length play, which I would love to produce in Canberra, and also a monologue project on the theme of mental health.

Some days, I write for hours; other days, I prefer to think and dream. Like many writers, I’m elated when opportunities arise, and occasionally despondent when rejections come through, though family and friends always help put things in perspective. The life of a writer has plenty of ups and downs – but I’ve always loved rollercoasters!

Author & playwright