Year: 2012

Barry Maitland: Architect turned author

Barry Maitland is an architect turned author. His most recent novel is Chelsea Mansions, the latest in the Brock and Kolla series of crime novels. Barry was born in Scotland and, in 1984, moved to Australia from London to take up a role as Professor of Architecture at the University... read more

Christmas Podcast: Heather Smith and Al McKillop

For the Christmas edition of our podcast, we've done something a little different. Regular listeners will know that we usually interview one author per podcast. This time, we've interviewed two former students of the Sydney Writers' Centre who both have books released this month. Heather Smith completed course... read more

Liz Porter: Author of Cold Case Files

Liz Porter is the author of Cold Case Files, an account of how cold cases from Australia, the UK and the US have been solved using new science and techniques. She is also the author of Written on the Skin, which was the joint winner of the 2007 Ned Kelly... read more

Lisa Genova: Best-selling author and neuroscientist

Best-selling author, Lisa Genova, has just released her second book – Left Neglected. It is a fictional look at the devastating affects of a traumatic brain injury on high-powered supermum, Sarah Nickerson, and is inspired by an actual condition called Left Neglect. As well as a best-selling author... read more

Anna Lanyon: Author of historical books

Anna Lanyon is an author and academic, with a long interest in Spanish and Portuguese language and history. She writes historical books and her third, Fire and Song, has just been released. Fire and Song is the story of the Jewish martyr Luis de Carvajal, and his sister, Leonor.  In... read more

Mark Abernethy: Australian thriller author

Mark Abernethy is an Australian author well-known for his suspense and thriller novels featuring the Aussie super-spy, Alan McQueen. He has written four novels and two non-fiction books. His latest is Counter Attack, the third book in the Alan McQueen series. In 2007 Golden Serpent was published... read more

Leslie Cannold: Academic, ethicist and freelance writer

Leslie Cannold is an academic, ethicist and freelance writer. Her first novel is The Book of Rachael, a re-imagining of the story of Jesus told through the eyes of his younger sister. A long-time activist, Leslie Cannold is committed women’s rights and equality, two themes that feature... read more

Sara Foster: West Australian author

West Australian author, Sara Foster, has just released her second book – Beneath the Shadows. Her first novel, Come Back to Me, was released in 2010 and was well received by readers and critics alike. Beneath the Shadows is set in the isolated North Yorkshire Moors in England. Grace has returned... read more

Dominic Smith: Australian fiction author

Dominic Smith is an Australian author currently living in Austin, Texas. He’s published three novels and his latest is Bright and Distant Shores. It follows the journey of an obsessive American collector who travels to islands in the Pacific to collect artefacts for an ethnographic exhibition. Set in the... read more

Cory Taylor: Freelance writer and author

Cory Taylor is a freelance writer from Brisbane, best known for her children’s books, including Rat Tales #1 and Rate Tales #2. Her first novel, Me and Mr Booker will be released in March this year. She is also an award-winning screenwriter and teaches art theory at the... read more

Alison Booth: Author and academic

Author and academic, Alison Booth, has just published her second book – The Indigo Sky. Her first novel, Stillwater Creek, was published in 2010 and was well received by critics and readers alike. The Indigo Sky is the sequel to Stillwater Creek. Set in the fictional town of Jingera in 1961... read more

Matthew Reilly: Internationally best-selling author

Publishing phenomenon Matthew Reilly is known for his action/thriller novels. His first book, Contest, was self-published in 1996. After being knocked back by every major publisher in Sydney, he produced 1,000 copies of Contest himself, and eventually won a publishing deal with Pan Macmillan. His first book... read more

Lara Morgan: Author of the YA series The Rose Black Chronicles

Lara Morgan is the author of the new young adults series, The Rosie Black Chronicles. The first book, Genesis, will be released in October 2010. Lara started writing at the age of seven – when she plagiarised a version of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. Since then she has... read more

Kate Williams: Historian and author of historical biographies

Kate Williams is an historian and author of two historical biographies – England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton and Becoming Queen about the young Queen Victoria and her cousin Princess Charlotte. She is an expert on the Regency period in England and lectures regularly throughout Europe. She is... read more

Posie Graeme-Evans: Author and screenwriter

Posie Graeme-Evans is an author, screenwriter, television producer and lyricist. Her most recent novel is The Dressmaker. She is also the author of the historical romance trilogy – The Innocent, The Exiled and The Beloved – set in medieval England. Posie was the creator and producer of one of Australia’s... read more

Patrick Ness: Author of the YA series Chaos Walking

Patrick Ness is an American-born writer now living in London. His latest book is Monsters of Men, the third in his young adult series, Chaos Walking. The first book in the Chaos Walking series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, was published in 2008 and was awarded the Guardian... read more

Sally Murphy: Author of more than 30 children’s books

In 2002, while living in a small town in WA, Sally Murphy made the decision to fulfill her dream of becoming a children’s author. Since then she has published 30 books and has been short-listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, among others. Her latest... read more

John Connolly: Author of the popular Charlie Parker series

John Connolly is the author of the popular Charlie Parker crime series. His latest novel is The Whisperers, the ninth book in the series. Other books include Dark Hollow, The White Road and The Black Angel. Connolly published his first novel in 1999. Every Dead Thing was a critical success... read more