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Welcome to New Author: Shelley Nolan

Shelley Russell Nolan is an avid reader who began writing her own stories at sixteen. Her first completed manuscript featured brain-eating aliens and a butt-kicking teenage heroine. Since then she has spent her time creating fantasy worlds where death is only the beginning and even freaks can fall in love. A member of Romance Writers of Australia, Australian Romance Readers Association and Queensland Writers Centre, Shelley regularly attends workshops and writers festivals to meet other writers and readers. Born in New Zealand, moving to Australia with her family when she was seven, Shelley currently lives in Central Queensland with her...

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Featured Author: Daniel Marchildon

Daniel Marchildon is a French-speaking Canadian author born and raised in Penetanguishene, (Ontario, Canada) a small community 160 km north of Toronto. In his thirty years as a freelance writer, he has published thirteen novels in French, as well as short stories and historical works. He has also written the screenplay of a feature film, La Sacrée (Holy Brew in the English subtitled version) produced in Canada in 2011. Odyssey Books published his turbulent family saga, which mixes the captivating tale of Scotch whisky with the stories of the challenging Georgian Bay coastal life in 2015. Thanks for chatting with...

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Featured Author: Vacen Taylor

Vacen Taylor is an author, writer, storyteller, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She describes her writing as a basic prose style with the occasional splash of creative penning. She collects comics and loves superheroes, anime and science. Her first novel Starchild: The Age of Akra was released by Odyssey Books in 2013. The series is now up to its fourth instalment, due for release in June this year. What have you been up to since the launch of The Healing Stone? I’ve been busy writing, exploring new forms of storytelling. As a screenwriter, winning the Best Short Screenplay with my piece Foiled in The Good Dog International...

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Featured Author: Sue Parritt

Your trilogy, which begins with Sannah and the Pilgrim, is quite racially charged. What inspired you to delve into the complicated issues of racism? I was, and remain appalled by past and present governments’ policies on refugees and asylum seekers; in recent years particularly the inhumane treatment of those on Nauru and Manus Island. There’s quite a lot of political activism in your novels. What role do you think activism plays in creating change? Activism can change societies in radical ways - witness the Civil Rights movement in the USA, the ending of apartheid in South Africa, and looking back...

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Welcome to New Author: T. R. Thompson

Tom is an Australian speculative fiction author. He lives in Belgrave on the outskirts of Melbourne with his wife and two young sons. When not writing or reading he spends too much time gaming and taking long meandering walks through the forest that always seem to end up at a tavern. The Blood Within The Stone is his first novel. It will be available in July 2017. In the isolated traders’ town of Greystone, two young thieves named Wilt and Higgs scratch out a living on the street. Both have quick minds and even quicker fingers, but Wilt has another...

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Featured Author: Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns is a prolific writer, having produced two short story collections, a novel, and written for several online and print journals, including The London Magazine, Per Contra and Menda City Press. Much of her work is set in isolated landscapes and explores the interconnectedness of humans and their environment. When not writing, Rebecca lives in Leicestershire with her young family. What have you been up to since the release of The Bishop’s Girl? I’ve been busy sending the book out for review, corresponding with lots of lovely bloggers and giving readings. It’s been hectic but lots of fun –...

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Featured Author: Josh Donellan

  Josh Donellan has a diverse representation in the Odyssey Books catalogue. His first book, Zeb and the Great Ruckus is a children’s book beloved by younger fans, while his recent anthology Stendhal Syndrome is a collection of poems, short stories, lists and rants. We sat down with the poet, musician, teacher and event manager to talk exploding toffee and all things words. First things first. What have you been up to since Stendhal Syndrome came out? I travelled around Europe for a bit, which was great. I’ve spent a lot of time in Portugal and revisiting it was magical....

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Featured Author: Patricia Leslie

  Patricia Leslie is a Sydney-based author who was first published by Odyssey Books in 2014 with fantasy thriller The Ouroboros Key. She has since released the urban fantasy A Single Light, and is working on her third novel. Patricia is a visual writer and devotes time to exploring locations and allowing snapshot scenes to run through her head before combining them together into one story. In her spare time she is a dedicated, some say compulsive, reader and collector of books. A little birdie told us you’re working on a third novel. Can you tell us a bit about...

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Welcome Elizabeth Foster

We're really pleased to welcome our newest author to the Odyssey family: Elizabeth Foster. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, and her debut novel, Esme's Wish, will be published in the first half of 2017. When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother – so why can’t she?  But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has...

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An anniversary … and a sequel

  Michelle Saftich's historical novel, Port of No Return, turns one today. And what better day to announce we have signed on the sequel, titled Wanderers No More, to be published in early 2017. In Port of No Return, Contessa and Ettore Saforo awake to a normal day in war-stricken, occupied Italy. By the end of the day, however, their house is in ruins and they must seek shelter and protection wherever they can. But the turbulent politics of 1944 refuses to let them be. As Tito and his Yugoslav Army threaten their German-held town of Fiume, Ettore finds himself...

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