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Mark Newman #WeLoveOurAuthors

Mark Newman has been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award, highly commended in the New Writer Prose & Poetry Awards and Bristol Prize longlisted. His work has won competitions judged by Alison Moore, Tania Hershman and David Gaffney. He has been published in Firewords Quarterly, Fiction Desk and Paper Swans. He has eight stories in the Retreat West competition anthology Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies. My Fence is Electric and Other Stories is a collection of award winning short stories looking at those moments in life that fizz with the electric intensity of change. A housing estate is in shock following a child’s disappearance. A girl and her invisible friend go their separate ways. A father and a...

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Julian Barr #WeLoveOurAuthors

Julian Barr first fell in love with all things Greek and Roman in childhood, when he staged his own version of I, Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called ‘sir’, and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published scholarly research on Roman medicine and the gastronomic habits of centaurs, but prefers to think of himself as an itinerant bard. What drew you to adapt about Virgil's epic poem for fantasy readers? Haha, Virgil’s epic...

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Phil Hore #WeLoveOurAuthors

Born in 1969, Phil likes to point out he was one of the last children born before man walked on the moon. Working at Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum since 2000 and as an educator at the Australian War Memorial since 2006, he has previously worked at Questacon Science centre and could be seen haunting the halls and specimen rooms of London’s Natural History Museum and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Here he even played famed palaeontologist O. C. Marsh during the Smithsonian’s centenary celebrations, and when asked why the 19th century palaeontologist was speaking with an Australian accent,...

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Mark and Mawson #WeLoveOurAuthors

Mawson, the big hearted, soul searching teddy bear, is here to help. One of this bright world’s few writer-bears, he ponders about how to be one’s best especially when feeling a little lost, a little sad. A modest bear of generous proportions, distinctive in his white fur coat and bow tie, he’s always confident deep in his inner-most stuffing, that things are going to be All Right. Today we're chatting with Mawson’s guardian Mark O'Dwyer as part of our month-long featured author promo. What drew you (and Mawson) to create your heartwarming teddy bear books?  I was looking for a gentle little book to...

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Ann Harth #WeLoveOurAuthors

Ann Harth writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Strong, interesting female characters creep into most of her books, and many arrive with a sense of humour. Before becoming a writer, mentor and developmental editor in Far North Queensland, Ann studied psychology, waited tables, bar-tended, picked strawberries, worked as a clown and punched keys on various tills. She also spent ten years working with children with special needs. Ann taught writing for the Australian College of Journalism for eight years before taking the leap into freelance work. Ann is the Far North Queensland representative for The Society of Children’s...

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Carolyn Denman #WeLoveOurAuthors

Carolyn Denman is a writer with a passion for introducing young adults to the intriguing world of speculative fiction. Living on a small farm just outside Melbourne – and likely to remain there happily until the human race is permitted back into the Garden of Eden – she holds a Bachelor of Science degree and currently works part time for a finance company. She has completed five novels and numerous short stories and is currently working on a science-fiction romance series. What drew you to write about the Garden of Eden as the focus of your fantasy series? My niece once mentioned...

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Clare Rhoden #WeLoveOurAuthors

Clare Rhoden is a writer, blogger, and book reviewer. Inspired by politics, culture, and history, she writes thoughtful stories about characters with heart and soul. From immersive world-building in science fiction and fantasy, to well-researched details in historical novels, her books pivot on hope and love in the darkest of times. Clare lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their very clever spoodle. Clare's books include a dystopian/sci-fi trilogy titled The Chronicles of the Pale, and a historical fiction book predominantly set in WWI – The Stars in the Night What moved you to write The Stars in the Night after...

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Gillian Polack #WeLoveOurAuthors

This is pretty exciting. Today we signed a new (to us) author, Gillian Polack. She has seven books already under her belt, and next year we'll be adding two more. Join us as we get to know this prolific Canberra author. Gillian has a rich past full of interesting events. Her interests generally revolve towards writing. She has been and probably is all at once a food historian, a Medievalist, a book reviewer, an editor, a teacher, a researcher, and an adviser. In your forthcoming novel Chocolate Redemption, the protagonist, Priscilla, is a writer. Her main character, Aelis, is real...

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Michelle Saftich #WeLoveOurAuthors

Michelle Saftich resides in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor of Business/Communications Degree, majoring in journalism, from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). For the past twenty years, she has worked in communications, including print journalism, sub-editing, communications management and media relations. In 1999, she was named National Winner for Best News Story in the ASNA (Australian Suburban Newspaper Awards). Born and raised in Brisbane, she spent ten years living in Sydney; and two years in Osaka, Japan, where she taught English. Her first two books - Port of No Return and Wanderers No...

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Erin-Claire Barrow #WeLoveOurAuthors

Erin-Claire Barrow is an author and illustrator originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. She paints in watercolours to create whimsical scenes, storybook illustrations, and bring to life the strange creatures of fairy tales and folklore. Erin-Claire is always on the lookout for ways to combine her passions for art and equality, and is particularly interested in how art can be used to raise awareness of social justice issues. In 2018, she spoke at TEDx Canberra on retelling fairy tales for our diverse, modern society to challenge stereotypes and encourage young people (and especially young women) to see themselves...

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