Allison Tait is an internationally published bestselling author of adventure novels for children. Also known as A.L. Tait, Allison’s latest book is The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery published in 2020 by Penguin Australia.
Allison’s previous series is The Ateban Cipher, which comprises The Book of Secrets and The Book of Answers, and continues Allison’s success with epic adventure stories.
Her first children’s book series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, won her a legion of fans across the country, and is now available in the US, UK, and other territories around the world. Race to the End of the World (The Mapmaker Chronicles #1) was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015, was a Notable book in the 2015 CBCA Children’s Book Of The Year (Younger Readers) Award, and was shortlisted for a range of other children’s choice awards. Prisoner Of The Black Hawk (book #2) was shortlisted for the 2015 Aurealis Awards. Books 3 and 4 (Breath of the Dragon, Beyond the Edge of the Map) conclude the bestselling adventures of The Mapmaker Chronicles.
A regular speaker at writers' festivals in Australia and internationally, Allison teaches creative writing workshops for adults and children, as well as being the brains behind our successful online courses, Build Your Author Platform, Make Time To Write, 30-Day Creative Writing Bootcamp, and Creative Writing Quest for Children.
Allison has also written five non-fiction books, including So You Want to Be A Writer (co-authored with Valerie Khoo, 2019), Career Mums (Penguin Australia, 2012), Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies.
She is the co-host of the top-rating ‘So you want to be a writer' podcast.
Allison blogs at allisontait.com