Annah Faulkner grew up in Papua New Guinea during the post-colonial era of the 1950s and is the author of two novels. The manuscript of her first novel, The Beloved, won the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging author. Annah lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.


  • The Beloved (Pan Macmillan, 2012) Won: 2013 Nita B Kibble Award; Shortlisted: 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Last day in the Dynamite Factory (Pan Macmillan, 2015) Shortlisted: 2015 The Readings New Australian Writing Award


Beck Feiner is an art director, graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Sydney with her family. Beck’s vector-based conceptual illustrative style has evolved from her years working as a designer and art-director in the advertising industry. She left advertising to realise her dreams as a high concept illustrator and to produce her two most rewarding creations: Levi and Esme.


  • Aussie Legends Alphabet (HarperCollins, 2017)


Fleur spent the first seventeen years of her life growing up on a farm in Patchewollock, North West Victoria. She then moved twenty times in twenty years. Fleur sometimes saw the darker side to life during her sixteen years working for Police and Ambulance Services. She now lives a more settled lifestyle on a rice farm in Southern New South Wales, with her husband and three young children. Fleur’s colourful and diverse background has given her unique insight into today’s society and an endless pool of experiences to draw from. When she isn’t weaving this through young adult fiction, reading or spending time with her family, you will find her with friends, talking about art, books, and travel. Her debut, Risk, was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2015. Risk was nominated and won numerous awards, was published internationally, became an Australian Top 10 Bestseller and was even adapted for the stage by a secondary school in Sweden. Fleur continued to explore the YA genre in her subsequent works, Wreck and Black. Fleur is currently undertaking studies in screenwriting and is working on her fourth novel, which will be released in July 2018. Fleur is also delving into the world of middle-grade fiction with Bunnaloo Hullabaloo which will be published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2019.
Twitter: @fleurferris


  • Risk (Penguin Random House, 2015) Winner, 2016 Davitt Awards for Best Young Adult Crime Novel, Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature; Joint Winner, 2016 Davitt Awards for Best Debut Crime Book; Shortlisted, 2016 Indie Book Awards, 2017 Young Adult Best Book Award, 2017 West Australian Young Readers' Book Awards
  • Black (Penguin Random House, 2016) Longlisted, 2017 Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • Wreck (Penguin Random House, 2017)
  • Found (Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2018)
  • Bunnaloo Hollabaloo (Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2019)

FIDEL, Future D.

Future D. Fidel was born in Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the death of the president Mobutu, the country descended into lawlessness that claimed the lives of his parents. Future was separated from his siblings and, when civil war struck, was forced to flee as an orphan stowaway to Tanzania. He was finally reunited with his sister six years later. Future spent eight years in a camp before being accepted as a refugee in Australia, where he now lives with his brother, sister and nephews. Future is active in arts in Queensland, forming the Fimbo Boys that performed African modern dance and music at various events, supporting young people from Refugee backgrounds. He was a playwright in residence from 2013 to 2015 at La Boite Theatre Company and his acclaimed debut play Prize Fighter was featured in the Brisbane Festival. Future is also an Electrical Engineer, securing his Bachelor degree from Griffith University, and a Gospel artist.


  • Prize Fighter (Currency Press, 2017)


Anna Fienberg was once editor of the School Magazine where she read over a thousand books a year and wrote plays and stories for the magazine. She left to embark on her own writing career and has since written award-winning picture books, short stories and junior novels, including the highly successful 'Tashi' series, and fiction for teenagers and young adults.


  • Ariel, Zed and the Secret Life (Allen & Unwin, 1992)
  • 'Tashi' series (Allen & Unwin)
  • 'Wiggy & Boa' series (Allen & Unwin)
  • 'Figaro & Rumba' series, With Stephen Michael King (Allen & Unwin)
  • 'Minton Goes' series, With Kim Gamble (Allen & Unwin)
  • Escape (Random House Australia, 2009)
  • Horrendo's Curse (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
  • Number 8 (Penguin Random House, 2006)
  • The Witch and the Lake (Allen & Unwin, 2001)
  • Wicked's Way (Allen & Unwin, 2016)

FIRTH, Melissa

Melissa Firth was born in Auckland in 1972. She’s had short fiction and articles included in publications such as Sydney Morning Herald, Russh magazine and About.com. Her short story What is Yours won a prize in The Writers Bureau UK Short Story Competition in 2004. Melissa lives in Sydney, where she works as a user experience architect.
Twitter: @mslissa


  • Fredrik Goes Bananas, Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini (Scholastic, 2009)
  • Red Plane to the Rescue (Scholastic, 2011)
  • Big Red Tractor Saves the Day (Scholastic, 2013)

FORD, Jaye

Jaye Ford is an internationally published suspense novelist. Her first book, Beyond Fear, was the highest-selling debut crime novel in Australia that year, and won two Davitt Awards for Australian women crime writers (Best Debut and Readers’ Choice). Her next three thrillers were also nominated for Davitt and Ned Kelly Awards (for Australian crime writers). Writing as Janette Paul, Jaye also writes romantic fiction.
Facebook: JayeFordauthor
Twitter: @JayeFordAuthor


  • Beyond Fear (Bantam, 2011) Winner: 2012 Davitt Award - Best Debut Crime Novel; Joint Winner: 2012 Davitt Award - Reader's Choice; Shortlisted: 2012 Davitt Award - Best Adult Crime Novel; Nominated: 2011 Ned Kelly Award - Best First Novel; Finalist: Australian Romance Readers Awards - Favourite Romantic Suspense Novel
  • Scared Yet? (Bantam, 2012) Longlisted: 2013 Davitt Award - Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Blood Secret (Bantam, 2013)
  • Just Breathe (Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • Already Dead (Bantam, 2014) Longlisted: 2015 Davitt Award - Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Darkest Place (Bantam, 2016) Longlisted: 2017 Davitt Award - Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Amber and Alice (Penguin Random House, 2017)


Kate lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children, two dogs and a rabbit. She will most likely be found nursing a laptop, with a large coffee by her side. Kate is the author of wonderful chick lit and YA fiction. www.kateforster.com


  • The Perfect Location (Penguin, 2012)
  • Seduction (Penguin, 2012)
  • The Perfect Retreat (HarperCollins, 2013)
  • Close Up (Penguin, 2014)
  • 'Smitten' series (Hardie Grant Egmont)


Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of almost forty, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both adults and children. She was recently voted one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, and has been called 'one of the finest writers of this generation'. She is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers, and has told stories to both children and adults all over the world.
Twitter: @KateForsyth


  • Dragonclaw (Arrow Books, 1997) Shortlisted: 1997 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Fantasy Division
  • The Pool of Two Moons (Arrow Books, 1998)
  • The Cursed Towers (Random House, 1999) Shortlisted: 1999 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Fantasy Division Best Novel
  • The Forbidden Land (Arrow Books, 2000)
  • The Skull of the World (Random House, 2001)
  • The Fathomless Caves (Random House, 2002)
  • The Starthorn Tree (Pan Macmillan, 2002) Shortlisted: 2002 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division Best Novel; One Book One Brisbane Award 2005
  • Full Fathom Five (Flamingo, 2003)
  • The Tower of Ravens (Random House, 2004)
  • Radiance (Magellan Books, 2004)
  • The Shining City (Random House, 2005)
  • Dragon Gold (Pan Macmillan, 2005) Nominated: Speech Pathology Australia 2006 Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children
  • The Heart of Stars (Random House Australia, 2006)
  • The Gypsy Crown (Macmillan, 2006)
  • The Silver Horse (Pan Macmillan, 2006) Winner: 2007 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children’s Division Long Fiction
  • Wishing for Trouble (Pan Macmillan, 2006)
  • The Herb of Grace (Pan Macmillan, 2007) Winner: 2007 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children’s Division Long Fiction
  • I Am Illustrated by Rosalie Street (Pan Macmillan, 2007)
  • The Cat’s Eye Shell (Pan Macmillan, 2007) Winner: 2007 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children’s Division Long Fiction
  • The Lightning Bolt (Pan Macmillan, 2007) Winner: 2007 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children’s Division Long Fiction
  • The Butterfly in Amber (Pan Macmillan, 2007) Winner: 2007 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children’s Division Long Fiction
  • Thomas Trew and the Klint-Kings Gold (Hodder Children’s Books, 2007)
  • Thomas Trew and the Selkie’s Curse (Hodder Children’s Books, 2007)
  • The Puzzle Ring (Pan Macmillan, 2009) Shortlisted: 2009 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division Best Novel
  • The Wildkin’s Curse (Pan Macmillan, 2010)
  • The Starkin Crown (Pan Macmillan, 2011)
  • Bitter Greens (Vintage Australia, 2012) Shortlisted: 2012 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Fantasy Division Best Novel; Honourable Mention, 2013 Norma K. Hemming Award
  • Grumpy Grandpa Illustrated by Annie White (Scholastic Australia, 2013)
  • The Wild Girl (Random House, 2013)
  • Dancing on Knives (Random House, 2014)
  • The Impossible Quest (Scholastic, 2014)
  • Escape from Wolfhaven Castle (Scholastic, 2014) Shortlisted: 2017 YABBA Fiction for Older Readers
  • Two Selkie Stories from Scotland Illustrated by Fiona MacDonald (Christmas Press, 2014)
  • Wolves of Witchwood (Scholastic, 2014)
  • The Beast’s Garden (Random House, 2015)
  • The Beast of Blackmoor Bog (Scholastic, 2015)
  • The Drowned Kingdom (Scholastic, 2015)
  • Battle of Heroes (Scholastic Australia, 2015)
  • The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower (FableCroft Publishing,2016) Winner: 2017 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Convenors' Award, 2017 Ditmar Awards, William Atheling Jr Award
  • Beauty in Thorns (Random House Australia, 2017)

FOSTER, Chrissie

Chrissie Foster is a Melbourne mother whose story is told in the acclaimed memoir Hell on the Way to Heaven (with Paul Kennedy), published by Random House Australia, with Italian publication forthcoming.



Sara Foster is the bestselling author of three psychological suspense novels. Sara indulges her passion for travel as often as possible, and has taken extended trips to South America, Asia, and all around Australia. She writes for the up-and-coming female-friendly travel website Holiday Goddess, and is one of the contributors to their Handbag Guide on New York, Paris, London and Rome. She is also very proud to have been heavily involved in raising money for the charity War Child since 2003. Sara moved from the UK to Western Australia in 2004, where she lives with her husband and young daughter. She is currently undertaking her PhD at Curtin University.
Facebook: sarafosterwriter
Twitter: @SaraJFoster


  • All That is Lost Between Us (Simon & Schuster) Longlisted: Davitt Award - Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Beneath the Shadows (Simon & Schuster)
  • Come Back to Me (Simon & Schuster)
  • Hidden Hours (Simon & Schuster)
  • Shallow Breath (Simon & Schuster) Longlisted: Davitt Award - Best Adult Crime Novel


Zoë Foster is an author, journalist, blogger, relationship commentator and beauty expert. She writes a page (of nonsense) each week Sunday Style magazine, is the relationship columnist at Cosmopolitan magazine, and blogger behind fruitybeauty. Prior to this she was contributing editor of Mamamia, the editor-in-chief of beauty site PRIMPED, beauty director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and beauty and lifestyle director of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Twitter: @zotheysay


  • Air Kisses (Penguin Random House, 2009)
  • Playing the Field (Penguin Random House, 2011)
  • AMazing Face (Penguin Radmon House, 2011)
  • The Younger Man (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • Textbook Romance (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • The Wrong Girl (Penguin Random House, 2014)
  • Amazinger Face (Penguin Random House, 2016)
  • No One Likes a Fart (Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2017)

FOX, Kathryn

Kathryn Fox works as a family doctor, freelance medical journalist and editor. She has a special interest in forensic medicine and is a member of the Association of Forensic Physicians. Her debut crime novel Malicious Intent, featuring forensic pathologist Anya Crichton, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2004 and has been sold in the UK, Germany, France, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Since then, Kathryn has written six more novels in the 'Anya Crichton' series, including Without Consent, Skin and Bone, Bloodborn, Death Mask, Cold Grave and Fatal Impact. She is currently working on a book with James Patterson in the 'Private Oz' series.


FOX, Susi

Susi Fox studied Medicine/Arts at the University of Melbourne and is currently completing an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. She is the recipient of a 2014 Varuna Fellowship and was part of the 2015 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. She lives in Central Victoria, where she works as a GP. Mine is her first novel.


  • Mine (Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2018)


Richard Frankland is one of Australia’s most experienced indigenous singer/songwriter film makers. In 1993 Richard co-wrote and directed his first documentary with John Foss entitled Songlines. Since then Richard has written, directed and produced a wide range of award winning video, documentary and film projects including. Richard has also written for and performed on stage. He wrote and directed the award-winning play Conversations with the Dead and his stage show An Evening with Richard Frankland was performed at the Sydney Opera House.


  • Digger Jones (Scholastic Australia, 2007)
  • Yarning Strong The Naming of Yellow Hair Pack of 6 (Oxford University Press ANZ) Nominated: Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards — Outstanding Achievement in Literature*
  • Walking Into the Bigness (NewSouth Books, 2017)


Jessica Friedmann is a writer and editor currently living in Canberra with her husband and young son. After graduating with an Honours Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne in 2010, she spent time at independent titles Going Down Swinging and Dumbo Feather, while continuing to publish fiction and feature writing. Her work addresses themes including her experience of severe postpartum depression as a new mother, and explores issues of class, race, gender and sexuality as well as motherhood, creativity and mental illness.


  • Things That Helped: Essays (Scribe, 2017)

FREW, Peggy

Peggy Frew’s acclaimed second novel is Hope Farm (Scribe): 2017 International Dublin Literary Award - Long-listed; 2016 Australian Book Design Association Awards, The Inkerman & Blunt Best Designed Literary Fiction Book - Short-listed; 2016 Indie Book Awards - Long-listed 2016 Miles Franklin Award - Short-listed; 2016 Stella Prize - Short-listed 2016; The Australian Book Industry Awards - General Fiction Book of the Year - Long-listed 2016; The Barbara Jefferis Award - Winner. Her debut novel House of Sticks (Scribe) won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her story ‘Home Visit’ won the Age short story competition, and her work has been published in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue. Peggy is a member of the award-winning Melbourne band Art of Fighting.



Sandy Fussell is a mum, a computer programmer and an author. To her surprise the three go together perfectly. Her books include the Samurai Kids series (the first title won an IBBY award and other two titles were CBC Notables), Polar Boy (shortlisted for CBCA Young Readers Book of the Year) and Jaguar Warrior. Sandy calls herself the “Cinderella author”, firmly convinced someone has waved a magic wand over her. Sometimes she worries the ball will end and she’ll turn back into a pumpkin. Sandy calls the Internet her “other home.”
Twitter: @sandyfussell
Facebook: Sandy Fussell, Sandy Fussell Author, Samurai Kids Series
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