Paul Cleave

Interviewed 23 October 2021

Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave was born and raised in New Zealand but likes to float around Europe for a month or two every year to escape the Christchurch winters. He travels with a frisbee, throwing it in as many countries as he can, with the goal to reach 50 before he turns 50. His report card from high school told him there was a time and a place for his kind of writing – and high school wasn’t it – in part based on his short story where Santa was a heroin addict who threw elves into a shredder to turn into toys. He took up tennis too late in his life to be any good at it and took up golf when he was young enough to be good at it but simply isn’t. He knows a handful of card tricks, can solve a Rubik’s cube, and once accidentally spun a car 360 degrees at a funeral, covering family and extended family at the graveside in mud.


Books by Paul Cleave

A Killer Harvest

Joshua will soon be seeing life through the eyes of his adoptive father – things that he will never be able to un-see.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Trust No One

Jerry Grey, a successful author of crime fiction, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers. Now that he has trouble remembering, he has apparently started to confess to the murders from his novels. Other women are being murdered too.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by John Barnbrook