Melaina Faranda has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland. She has travelled the world, taught in secondary schools throughout Australia and England, and facilitated teenage personal development groups. She writes YA, children's books and educational texts for Peason Education.
- 'Girlfriend' series (Allen & Unwin)
- 'The Circle' series (Random House Australia)
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
Clairvoyant, writer and regular media guest Paul Fenton-Smith is the author of several titles on the psychic sciences, which combine humour with lively storytelling that animates each subject. His engaging, anecdotal approach has won him worldwide readership and invitations to share his entertaining insights on television, radio and in magazines and newspapers around Australia.
- Tarot Masterclass (Allen & Unwin, 2007)
- Tarot Revealed (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
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. During this time, Fleur sometimes saw the darker side to life whilst 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.
- Risk (Penguin Random House, 2015) Winner of Best Young Adult Fiction, Ned Kelly Awards 2016
- Black (Penguin Random House, 2016)
- Wreck (Penguin Random House, 2017)
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)
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.
- Fredrik Goes Bananas, Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini (Scholastic, 2009)
- Red Plane to the Rescue (Scholastic, 2011)
- Big Red Tractor Saves the Day (Scholastic, 2013)
Justin Fleming is a celebrated playwright. He wrote The Cobra, the definitive theatrical masterpiece on Lord Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde's relationship. He has written myriad other plays, as well as adapted Emile Zola’s Au Bonheure des Dames, The Department Store and DH Lawrence’s Kangaroo.
- The Cobra (1983)
- Burnt Piano (1999) Won: 2000 New York New Dramatists’ Exchange Award; Shortlisted: 2000 NSW Premier's Literary Award
- Indian Summer (1999)
- The Nonsense Boy (1994)
- Junction (2012)
- Child of the Dark Sun (2000)
John Fletcher is the author of three historical novels (Random House Australia) and five contemporary novels (HarperCollins Australia). Eye of the Stone, the first volume of his 'Inheritors' series, was published by HarperCollins in 2004 under the name Fletcher Anthony. His latest novel as J H Fletcher, Voice of Destiny, was published by HarperCollins in 2005. Eagle on the Hill was published in 2006 under the pseudonym Maggie Shannon.
Kingsley Flett’s career past includes fire-fighting, elite sport coaching and rehabilitation counselling. All skills which, one way or another, he brought to bear in co-writing David Everett’s book, Shadow Warrior. He grew up in the dusty wheat-belt towns on the edge of the West Australian desert and this is the setting for his next book, a novel, called The Coffin.
Jaye Ford is an internationally published suspense novelist. Her first book, Beyond Fear, was the highest-selling debut crime novel in Australia that year, won two Davitt Awards for Australian women crime writers (Best Debut and Readers’ Choice) and was shortlisted for the Davitt for Best Adult Crime Novel. Her next three thrillers, Scared Yet?, Blood Secret and Already Dead, were all nominated for both the Davitt and Ned Kelly Awards (for Australian crime writers). Her new thriller is Darkest Place. Writing as Janette Paul, Jaye is also the author of the best-selling e-published romantic comedy Just Breathe.
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 The Perfect Location (Penguin, Australia), Seduction (Penguin, Australia), The Perfect Retreat (HarperCollins/Avon, UK), Close Up (Penguin, Australia), and Picture Perfect (Mira, UK). She has also written five YA romance books for the 'Smitten' series: Unlucky Break, Head over High Heels, Beauty and the Beat, Piece of Cake, and Twice Upon a Time, published by Hardie Grant Egmont.
Kate’s next adult book will be released in April 2016 by Mira.
Kate Forsyth has sold more than a million books worldwide. Her novels include Bitter Greens, which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers' fairy tales; and The Beast’s Garden, set in the underground resistance to Hitler in Nazi Germany. Named one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate has a doctorate in fairy tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller.
- 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)
- 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)
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. Her first novel, Come Back to Me, was published in Australia in 2010 and reached the Sydney Morning Herald top ten Australian bestsellers list, while Beneath the Shadows, reached No. 4 on the Australian Sunday Telegraph bestsellers list in 2011, and was also published in the USA and Germany. Her third book, Shallow Breath, was released at the end of 2012.
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 www.holidaygoddess.com, and is one of the contributors to their Handbag Guide on New York, Paris, London and Rome, published in Australia in 2012. She is also very proud to have been one of the original editors of the bestselling Kids’ Night In series, which has been 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.
Zoë Foster is an author, journalist, blogger, relation-ship 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.
She has had three novels published (Air Kisses, Playing The Field and The Younger Man) and two non-fiction books (a dating and relationship guide called Textbook Romance, co-written by Hamish Blake, and a compilation of her best beauty tricks and tips called Amazing Face). Her sixth book is due for release in 2014.
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.
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 video, documentary and film projects including the award winning Who Killed Malcolm Smith, No Way To Forget, After Mabo, Harry’s War and Stone Bros. 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. His latest play, The Brady Bunch, debuted at La Mama in 2012 and he is currently working on Voices for the Malthouse Theatre. Digger, his most recent published work, a novel for children about the 1967 referendum was published by Scholastic.
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 debut collection of essays, Things That Helped (Scribe, 2017), touches on 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.
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.
Susannah Fullerton has been passionate about literature for as long as she can remember. She did a B.A. at the University of Auckland, N.Z. and then completed a post-graduate degree in Victorian literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is a well-known lecturer on the NSW Speaker’s Circuit and gives talks regularly at the State Library of NSW, the Art Gallery of NSW, and at WEA and other education centres. Her first book Jane Austen – Antipodean Views, a collection of opinions about Jane Austen from famous Australians and New Zealanders, was published in 2001. Her second book Jane Austen and Crime was published in 2005. Picador published her third book, Brief Encounters; tales of literary travellers to Australia in May 2009.
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.”
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