Judy Nunn: Australian actress and author

Judy Nunn is an Australian author and actress, known by many of us for her role in Home and Away as Ailsa. Her latest books is Tiger Man, set in Tasmania in the 1850s when ambitious entrepreneurs rapidly built a thriving centre of industry at the expense of the state’s

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Robert Kiyosaki: Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki dropped into the Sydney Writers’ Centre and we chatted to him about his new book Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich – And Why Most Don’t, which he co-authored with Donald Trump. Robert has built an entire empire on his “Rich Dad,

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James Halliday: Leading wine expert, critic and writer

James Halliday is one of Australia’s leading wine experts. He is a wine writer, critic and competition judge. An experienced winemaker, James is famous for the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, which is a must buy for any wine buff, from the novice to the connoisseur. Although he first trained

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YA Erskine: Police officer turned author

After working for 11 years as a police officer in Tasmania, YA (Yvette) Erskine decided to leave the force and pursue her writing career. Her first book is The Brotherhood, a fictional account of what many police officers experience daily in their working lives. The novel follows the investigation of

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Lauren Shockey: Author of Four Kitchens

After completing a degree at the University of Chicago, Lauren Shockey took up a role in a public relations agency. But after just one year in the “perdition” of the corporate world she quit her job and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute to start her training as a chef.

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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

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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 Feature Writing

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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

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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, Lisa Genova

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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 the late

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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, introducing Alan McQueen. The sequel, Second Strike,

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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 strongly in her

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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 there one

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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 years after

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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 Queensland College of Art. In 2010 one

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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, The Indigo Sky weaves together the

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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 with Pan Macmillan was Ice Station, followed

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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 currently working on a

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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

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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 Children’s

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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 book is Toppling,

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