Ep 490: Karen Foxlee and Freda Chiu on their book ‘Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters’

Meet author Karen Foxlee and illustrator Freda Chiu, the creative duo behind Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters. How to edit your writing. And win Lying Beside You by Michael Robotham.

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Writer in residence: Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and grown-ups. She grew up in the outback mining town Mount Isa and still frequently dreams she is walking barefoot along the dry Leichhardt River there.

Her first novel The Anatomy of Wings was published in 2007. The story of the sudden death of a teenage girl in a desert mining town won numerous awards including, the Dobbie Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel about the disappearance of a girl in tropical north Queensland, The Midnight Dress, won the Sisters in Crime Best YA Debut Crime Novel in 2014.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, Karen’s first novel for children was published internationally in 2014 to much acclaim. It was an E.B. White Read Aloud finalist that year. Her second novel for younger readers, A Most Magical Girl was published in 2016 and won the Readings Children's Fiction Prize 2017 and was CBCA shortlisted the same year. Lenny's Book of Everything, was the children’s / young adult publishing sensation of 2019 winning multiple awards, including Children’s Book of the Year at the Indie Book Awards and the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

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