About Me

 

I write fiction for young adults — the latest book is Take Three Girls, co-written with Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell. Fiona, Simmone and I are very proud to have won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers in 2018.

Other books of mine include Words in Deep Blue, Graffiti Moon, Chasing Charlie Duskin, the Gracie Faltrain trilogy and Rosie Staples’ Minor Magical Misunderstanding.

When I’m not writing, I read a lot.

I teach Fiction for Young Adults at RMIT. I’ve taught Short Story, Writing Fiction and Novel at Victoria University. I’ve taught English in high schools, tutored privately, and run creative writing workshops all over Australia. I mentor writers and conduct manuscript assessments.

I also run Writing and Wellness Retreats with Alison Arnold. Alison is a freelance editor and writer. She edited The Rosie Project, among many other books. You can read about our Writing and Wellness Retreats here.




 
I’m on the left. On the right is Alison Arnold, co-founder of Word House.

I’m on the left. On the right is Alison Arnold, co-founder of Word House.

 

Awards

White Raven Award 2018 (Take Three Girls)

Sequoyah Book Award Masterlist novel, 2019 (Words in Deep Blue)

USBBY Outstanding International Honor List Book 2018 (Words in Deep Blue)

2018 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, 2018 (Words in Deep Blue)

Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction, 2011& 2017 (Graffiti Moon & Words in Deep Blue)

Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2018 (Take Three Girls)

Honorable mention Westchester Fiction Award 2018 (Words in Deep Blue)

Winner of the Gold Inky Award for Young Adult Fiction 2017 (Words in Deep Blue)

Winner of the Queensland Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction 2017 (Words in Deep Blue)

Winner of the Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction 2017 (Words in Deep Blue)

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults List 2013 (Graffiti Moon)

Cooperative Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) Recommended Book 2011 (A Little Wanting Song)

Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize 2011 (Graffiti Moon)

 Honour Book Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2011(Graffiti Moon)

Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2011 (Graffiti Moon)

Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award 2011 (Graffiti Moon)

Notable Book CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers, 2009 (Gracie Faltrain Gets it Right, Finally)

Shortlisted book CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2006 (Chasing Charlie Duskin)

Notable Book CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers, 2005 (The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain)