Month: June 2018

How Amie Kaufman turned her visit to Iceland into a fantasy novel for young readers

Christopher Tovo, Amie Kaufman Writing Process

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult and middle grade fiction, including Unearthed and the Starbound trilogy with Meagan Spooner and the Illuminae Files with Jay Kristoff. Elementals: Ice Wolves is the first book in this exciting new middle grade series, so we asked Amie to shed some light on her writing process. It turns out that her research involves meeting real wolves, searching for magical items, and standing perilously close to icy rivers! READ MORE

How well do you know Australia’s most iconic author, leading feminist and humanitarian?

Miles Franklin

Author, union organiser, WWI volunteer, women's rights agitator, nationalist, Miles Franklin worked, wrote and talked for many causes, none more passionately than Australian literature. Propelled to fame aged only twenty-one in the wake of her bestselling novel My Brilliant Career, she never again achieved the same literary success, but her life was rich and productive. She published sixteen novels, numerous non-fiction books and articles, and maintained a prolific and entertaining correspondence with friends and acquaintances. READ MORE

How the Wilderness saves Turtle Alveston

In recent years it’s fair to say there have been quite a few novels about girls: girls with tattoos, girls on trains, girls in red coats, girls before, girls online, gone girls and, of course, the girls. But I can say with absolute confidence that you’ll have never met a girl like Turtle – the fourteen-year-old heroine of Gabriel Tallent’s astonishing debut novel. Turtle Alveston grows up in a decrepit house on the coast of Northern California in thrall to her father Martin, a reclusive autodidact and survivalist who is determined at all costs to keep his daughter close. READ MORE

Thank You For Entering The Banjo Prize

Words: Catherine Milne, Head of Local Fiction Publishing When we dreamed up the idea of the Banjo Prize – as a way of finding Australia’s next great storyteller – I wasn’t sure what we could expect.  It’s quite one thing to dream up something like this, and quite another thing to put it out into the world.  Maybe, I thought hopefully to myself, just maybe, we might get some interest.  After all, while there are quite a few well established literary prizes out there – the Vogel and the Richell Prize, just to name a couple – there’s not so many competitions out there for people who just want to tell rippingly good stories. READ MORE

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