I am a writer. My next novel, The Ultimate Fairy Book, will be out from Bloomsbury USA in September 2008. I'm currently writing a new novel. Maybe about lying alien lodgers. Or possibly a werewolf snowboarding epic. Depends.
I am the author of the Magic or Madness trilogy, in which the door of a house in Sydney opens onto a street in New York City. The first volume, Magic or Madness, was published to rapturous reviews in March 2005 by Penguin Razorbill USA. It was published by Penguin Australia in September 2005.
Magic or Madness won the 2007 Andre Norton Award. It was shorlisted for the Ethel Turner Award, one of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards for 2006, as well as an Aurealis Award for best Australian YA book and a Ditmar Award for best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel. It was also nominated for The Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association's Thumbs Up Award. Magic or Madness was a best book of the year selection for School Library Journal, Tayshas (the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Libary Association), the Australian children's literature magazine, Magpies, as well as making the ALA (American Library Association) 2006 Best Books for Young Adults list, the Locus Recommended Reading List and the Bank Street best teen books of the year list.
The sequel, Magic Lessons, was shorlisted for an Aurealis Award for best Australian YA book as well as a Locus award. It was a best book of the year selection for Insideadog and the CCBC Choices List as well as making the 2006 Locus Recommended Reading List.
The final book in the trilogy, Magic's Child, was published in Australia and the USA in early 2007. The trilogy has sold to Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and Thailand.
I've also edited a scholarly collection of feminist science fiction in the twentieth century, Daughters of Earth, consisting of stories from 1927 through to 2002, accompanied by wonderful essays from many of the best sf scholars in the world. It was shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Award and won the Susan Koppelman Award as well as the William Atheling Jr. Award. It's published by Wesleyan University Press. The grouse cover, which looks even better in real life, is by Cat Sparks.
My first book, the Battle of The Sexes in Science Fiction was nominated for the Peter McNamara Convenors' Award, the William J. Atheling Award and the Hugo for Best Related Book. It was listed by Locus as one of the 15 Top SF and Fantasy Anthologies, Collections, Non fiction books, and Art books of 2002 and was an editor's pick at Fantastic Metropolis.
I've also written a short film about the legend of King Midas, co-written a radio show about relationship breakups, as well as essays on American science fiction culture in the 1940s and 1950s, with detours into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the occasional short story.
I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, punctuated by sojourns to other parts of Australia with my anthropologist parents and younger sister, including two small Aboriginal settlements in the Northern Territory. The world has always seemed an odd and fascinating place to me.
Me and my husband, sf and YA writer Scott Westerfeld, are based in Sydney, but we travel a lot, most frequently to New York City, but also to San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Dunedin (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), or wherever else strikes our fancy. We're both convinced it's much easier to get work done far from home. Sometimes that turns out to be true.
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