Kate Morton: Brisbane-based best-selling author

Kate Morton is a Brisbane-based author who has enjoyed huge success at home and overseas. Since publishing her first book in 2006 she has become one of Australia’s biggest selling authors internationally and her books have been published in more than 38 countries. Kate’s fourth novel is The Secret Keeper. It

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Ramona Koval: Writer, journalist and broadcaster

Ramona Koval has been living a life richly steeped in words since she learned to read and checked out Kafka’s The Trial at 10 years of age. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, she was Australia’s voice of literature for five years as the presenter of the Book Showon the ABC. She’s written everything

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Joanne Harris: Best-selling author of Chocolat

Joanne Harris is the best-selling author of 14 novels, including Chocolat, Blackberry Wine and Five Quarters of the Orange. Her latest novel is Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé, the third book in the trilogy that started with Chocolat and Lollipop Shoes. In Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé, single mother and

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Zane Lovitt: Author of The Midnight Promise

Melbourne writer Zane Lovitt’s first book is The Midnight Promise. Told over a collection of 10 crime mysteries, it is the story of private inquiry agent, John Dorn. It has already garnered critical praise and comparisons to Australian crime writer, Peter Temple. Zane Lovitt was formerly a documentary filmmaker before

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Nichole Bernier: Feature writer, editor and novelist

Nichole Bernier is a feature writer, editor and now novelist. Her debut novel is The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D. She lives in Boston with her husband and five children. Nichole completed her Masters in Journalism at Columbia University and in 1993 received an award for literary journalism. For 14

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Elliot Perlman: Author of novels and short stories

Elliot Perlman is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. His debut novel Three Dollars was published in 1998 and won The Age Book of the Year award and the Betty Trask Prize. It was later turned into a film by Elliot and director Robert Connolly,

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Kim Kiyosaki: Successful entrepreneur and author

Kim Kyosaki is a successful entrepreneur who was able to retire in 1994 thanks to the success of her business endeavours, but she couldn’t sit still for long. In 1997 with husband, Robert Kyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, she began travelling the world and imparting the secrets of

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Brian Thacker: Author of travel books

Brian Thacker’s seventh travel book is Tell Them to Get Lost – Travels with the Lonely Planet guidebook that started it all. Travelling South-East Asia with a copy of the first-ever shoestring guidebook, published in 1975, Brian travels through Portuguese Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Burma. Brian caught

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Jessica Rudd: Author of Ruby Blues

Jessica Rudd’s second novel, and sequel to her debut Campaign Ruby, is Ruby Blues. After helping the opposition win government in Campaign Ruby, Ruby Stanhope is now struggling with a PM whose popularity is quickly waning, a luke-warm love life, and her looming 30th birthday. Jessica trained as a lawyer

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Tara Moss: Best-selling author of The Spider Goddess

Tara Moss is the best-selling author of The Spider Goddess, the second book in her new series of paranormal fiction featuring Pandora English. A heady mix of high fashion and gothic horror set in New York, The Spider Goddess follows Pandora as she goes to live with her great-aunt in

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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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