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James Roy - The Gimlet Eye
James Roy was born in country NSW in 1968, and spent much of his childhood living on mission compounds in Papua new Guinea and Fiji, where he played by day and read books by night. Then one day, tired of reading books by dead people, he decided to write his own.

Since his first book came out in 1996, James has written seventeen books, including the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, the hilarious Problem Child, the informative non-fiction book The ‘S’ Word - a boys’ guide to sex, puberty and growing up, and the NSW Premier’s Award winner, Town.

When he’s not travelling all over the place talking at schools and festivals about being a writer, James lives in a creaky old house in the Blue Mountains with his family. He likes bushwalking, sport and music, and dislikes olives and people who push in. He would like to be sponsored by Taylor Guitars.
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Alyssa Brugman - The Equen Queen
Alyssa Brugman’s books have been short-listed for numerous literature and children’s choice awards in Australia and overseas, and have been translated into seven languages. A new novel, Solo, was released mid 2007. A fifth instalment in the Shelby pony series will be released in 2008. The Equen Queen is her first venture into fantasy writing.

Alyssa lives in the Hunter Valley with her partner and son and their horses, and is a full time writer. You can find more information at www.alyssabrugman.com.au
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Justin D’Ath - The Skyflower
Justin D’Ath was one of 12 children He was born in New Zealand but has lived in Australia since 1971. He has written 20 books for children and young adults. His YA novel, Hunters and Warriors, was both Highly Commended in the 2002 Victorian Premiers Awards and a 2002 CBC Notable Book, and his most recent novel for younger children, Astrid Spark, fixologist, has been shortlisted in the 2003 Aurealis Awards. Other titles include Crocodile Attack, Bushfire Rescue, Shark Bait and Why did the Chykkan cross the Galaxy, as well as several books in the popular Aussie Bites and Aussie Nibbles series. His first fantasy for young adults, Shaedow Master, was one of ‘Magpies’ magazine’s Top Picks of 2003 and was a CBC Notable Book in 2004. Crocodile Attack is a CBC Notable Book 2006.

Prior to writing for children, Justin was the author of one adults’ novel, The Initiate, winner of three literary awards, and many adult short stories published in literary and commercial magazines both here and overseas. His stories have been published in 18 countries and have won 54 literary prizes, including the University of Canberra’s National Short Story Award in 1995 and the NT University’s Arafura Award in both 1989 and 1990.

For 12 years Justin taught in, and co-ordinated, the Professional Writing and Editing   program at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE, but now spends all his time writing, visiting schools and libraries, speaking at festivals and running writing workshops.

Anna Ciddor - The Prisoner of Quentaris
Anna Ciddor lives in Melbourne, Australia, but she has always been fascinated by the question, ‘What if I lived in another time or place?’ She changed career from maths teacher to author so she'd have the excuse to spend lots of time doing research. She has written and illustrated over fifty books, including the highly popular and exciting Viking Magic trilogy, Runestone, Wolfspell and Stormriders. The Viking Magic books have been shortlisted for many awards and Runestone was selected as a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2003. Prisoner of Quentaris is Anna’s first venture into the realm of pure fantasy.

You can find out more about Anna Ciddor and her Viking Magic books at www.viking-magic.com

Sherryl Clark - Pirates of Quentaris
Sherryl Clark has been writing stories and poems for more than twenty years. Her first children’s book, The Too-Tight Tutu was a best-selling Aussie Bite. Her other titles include more Aussie Bites, Nibbles and Chomps such as The Littlest Pirate, Boots and All and Batter Up. She has also written the novels Up a Tree and Flipside for older readers. Her verse novel, Farm Kid, won the 2005 NSW Premier’s Patricia Wrightson prize for children’s literature.

Her most recent book, The Black Dress, is a fictional account of the childhood of Mary MacKillop in the Australia of the 1840s-1860s.
Pamela Freeman - The Murderers’ Apprentice
Pamela Freeman’s books have been short listed for the State Literary Awards, the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, the Koala Awards and the Wilderness Society Environment Awards.

She is best known for her series of fantasy novels, The Floramonde Books (The Willow Tree's Daughter, Windrider and The Centre of Magic), and for an associated junior novel, Victor's Quest, as well as for Pole to Pole, a non-fiction book about Arctic and Antarctic animals.

Her most recent book, The Black Dress, is a fictional account of the childhood of Mary MacKillop in the Australia of the 1840s-1860s.
Karen Brooks - Rifts Through Quentaris
Karen Brooks's first novel, a young adult fantasy, It’s Time, Cassandra Klein, was published to rave reviews by Lothian in July 2001. Her second, The Gaze of the Gorgon was released August 2002, followed by The Book of Night in 2003, and The Kurs of Atlantis in 2004. Rifts Through Quentaris is her fifth novel.

Karen currently lectures at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the areas of youth, sexuality, and popular culture (film, television, radio, music, literature, magazines).

Gary Crew - The Plague of Quentaris
Gary Crew as been awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the year four times: twice for Book of the Year for Young Adult Older Readers (Strange Objects in 1991 and Angel’s Gate in 1993) and twice for Picture Book of the Year with First Light in 1993 (illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe) and The Watertower (illustrated by Steven Woolman) in 1994. Gary’s illustrated book, Memorial (with Shaun Tan) was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book in 2000 and short listed for the Queensland Premier’s Awards. He has also won the Wilderness Society Award, the Whitley Award and the Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction.

In the USA he has been twice short listed for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Fiction Award for Youth and the Hungry Minds Review American Children’s Book of distinction. In Europe he has twice been and twice the prestigious White Raven Award for his illustrated books. Among his many Australian awards is the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction, the New South Wales Premier’s Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award. He has been short listed for both the Queensland Premier’s and the Western Australian Premier’s awards for Fiction.
John Heffernan - The Mind Master
I spent my youth surfing and getting into trouble at school. As a young man I spent my time surfing and having trouble getting through university. I now have a wife and two grownup daughters who give me no end of trouble and delight. I run a sheep and cattle property with more work dogs than is decent, and have trouble finding time to write as well as talk at schools and conferences. But that’s the way I like it. No trouble at all.

Margo Lanagan - Treasure Hunters of Quentaris
Margo Lanagan has written many books for children, young adults and science fiction and fantasy fans. She has won an Aurealis Award, been short listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award twice, and several of her books have been Children’s Book Council Notable Books. Margo lives in Sydney with her partner and two sons. She works in the Information Technology industry. In her spare time, she likes to swim, go to the beach, and read, read, read.
Sean McMullen - Ancient Hero
Sean McMullen is one Australia’s leading SF and fantasy authors, and lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter. He is the winner of a dozen awards for SF and fantasy, and has had ten books and fifty stories published. He writes both adult and young adult fiction, and has been published in Australia, the USA, Britain, France, Poland, and Japan. Outside his writing, Sean works in scientific computing, has played in rock and folk bands, has done armoured and traditional fencing, and has been a karate instructor in a university club for twenty years.

Isobelle Carmody - Angel Fever
Isobelle Carmody is an award winning fantasy writer of twenty novels and several picture books, who lives between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and her home in Prague in central Europe. She writes full time and is currently working on the final book in The Obernewtyn Chronicles.
Jenny Pausacker - The Perfect Princess
Jenny Pausacker has published over sixty books, ranging from picture books to young adult novels and including science fiction, junior crime, romance, horror and the award-winning novels What Are Ya? and Mr Enigmatic. She lives in a hobbit hole, writes at night and wanders round the city during the day, people-watching.
Lucy Sussex - The Revognase
Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand in 1957, and lives in Australia. She is a researcher, reviewer, author and editor. Her award-winning work (Aurealis and Ditmar awards, short listed for World Fantasy) has been published internationally, and in a variety of genres, including children's fiction, literary criticism, horror and detective stories.

She has had short fiction reprinted in The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995), ‘Australian Women’s Stories’ Oxford, 1999) and ‘Year’s Best Science Fiction’ (ed. David Hartwell (2000). She was the first Australian to teach at Clarion, and also to be a judge for the Tiptree award.



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