Adrian Hyland

Adrian Hyland spent many years in the Northern Territory, living and working among indigenous people. He now teaches at LaTrobe University. Diamond Dove is his first novel. It is the first crime novel to feature an indigenous protagonist since Arthur Upfield’s Boney series.

Alex Miller

Alex Miller won the 2003 Miles Franklin Award for Journey to the Stone Country. He also won the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Barbara Ramsden Award for best book of the year in 1993 with his third novel, The Ancestor Game. In 1995, he published his critically acclaimed novella, The Sitters. Conditions of Faith, his fifth novel was published in 2000 and won the Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the 2001 NSW Premiers Literary Awards.

Alice Pung

Alice is a writer and lawyer. She was born in Footscray, and grew up in Braybrook, attending local primary and secondary schools in Melbourne’s Western suburbs.

She has had her short stories published in The Good Weekend, Meanjin and The Other Side. In 2002 Unpolished Gem was nominated for a Premier’s Literary Award, and in 2005 her story Words won The Other Side prose competition.

Alice was the Australian Newcomer of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards.

Alyssa Brugman

Alyssa Brugman was born in Rathmines, Lake Macquarie, Australia in May 1974. She attended five public schools before completing a Marketing Degree at the University of Newcastle.

Alyssa has worked as an after-school tutor for Aboriginal children. She taught management, accounting and marketing at a business college, worked for a home improvements company and then worked in Public Relations before becoming a full-time writer.

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s funniest, successful and most versatile writers. He is the author of fifteen books ranging from nonsense verse, short stories, comic novels, creative writing textbooks as well as a parent’s guide for creating a healthier lifestyle for their children.

Barry Maitland

Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and brought up in London. After studying architecture at Cambridge, he practised and taught in the UK before moving to Australia where he was Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He has since retired from the university to pursue his writing.

Maitland’s first mystery The Marx Sisters was a nominee for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and The Malcontenta won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. Spider Trap, his ninth Brock and Kolla mystery, was published in 2006.

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt is one of the Australia’s leading advisors to the property investment and development industry and for more than a decade, his commentary on demographic trends, aimed at business, has been widely reported in the national media.

His first book, The Big Shift was a runaway bestseller, hotly followed up by The Big Picture.

Bernard lives in Melbourne where he continues to consult on demographic trends for KPMG.

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany was born in England and migrated to Western Australia in the 1970s. She worked as a park ranger in the Northern Territory and Victoria and now works as an agricultural journalist.

Carrie’s fiction has been published in various Australian journals, including Overland and Ulittara and in New Australian Writing. Her stories have been highly commended in the Age, University of Canberra, Judah Waten and HQ Flamingo short story awards. In 2002 Carrie won the Australian Book Review Short Fiction Award.

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels, as well as a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show.

Christopher Kremmer

Christopher Kremmer is one of Australia’s most respected and popular writers of narrative non-fiction, whose work has been compared favourably with that of V.S Naipaul and William Dalrymple. Educated at the University of Canberra , he spent a decade in Asia working as a foreign correspondent, producing a series of award-winning bestsellers, including The Carpet Wars, Bamboo Palace and his latest book, Inhaling the Mahatma, a personal history of India.

Born in Sydney he divides his time between homes in India and Australia’s Southern Highlands.

David Legge

An Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards (Early Childhood section), Kisses for Daddy was the first book David Legge illustrated digitally.

Prior to this, David Legge’s Bamboozled was a runaway bestseller, as well as an Honour Book in the 1995 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards, and won children’s choice awards in six states.

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven New York Times No. 1 bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Gerda, and their dog, Trixie, in Southern California.

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Diane Setterfield

Diane Setterfield is in her early forties. Having spent time in France, she now lives in Harrogate. Her previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, especially the works of Andre Gide. The Thirteenth Tale is her first novel.

Frances Watts

Frances Watts has worked as an editor, bookseller and book reviewer. Her picture book Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge), was named an Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards (Early Childhood section), and is being translated into French, Chinese, Finnish and Greek. Her next picture book, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books (also illustrated by David Legge), introduces children to the joy of books and reading, and will be published in August 2007.

She is currently working on a series of junior novels.

Garry Disher

Garry Disher grew up in South Australia. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short-story collection. A full-time writer for many years, he is the author of more than forty titles — fiction, children’s books, anthologies, history textbooks, books about the craft of writing, and the Wyatt thrillers.