Must-Read Australian YA Authors

Hello! Welcome!

Or should I say g’day mate? (I don’t think I’ve ever used that phrase in a serious context) I’m Australian is what I’m trying to say, and I just wanted to promote the writers of my land (because they’re all pretty great). So let’s get to it!

1: Fleur Ferris

Author of: Risk, Black, Found, and Wreck.
2019 Release: Nullaboo Hullabaloo 

Fleur Ferris spent sixteen years working in Police and Ambulance Services in Victoria and South Australia before her debut, Risk, was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2015. Risk was nominated and won numerous awards, was published internationally and became an Australian Top 10 Bestseller. Risk was adapted to stage by a secondary school in Sweden and that adaptation, Risk: the play, is licensed and available to schools and drama clubs. Fleur’s second book, Black, came out in 2016 and quickly became Australia’s number one bestselling YA “new release” of 2016 and was optioned for film. Wreck, Fleur’s third crime thriller for young adults, was released in 2017. Found, another action thriller, will be released in July, 2018. Fleur has recently undertaken studies in screenwriting, is co-writing the screenplay adaptation of Black and is working on her next novel which will be released in July 2019.

2: Will Kostakis

Author of: The Sidekicks, The First Third, and Loathing Lola
2019 Release: Monuments

Will Kostakis is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. He’s best known for his award-winning YA novels, The Sidekicks and The First Third. His first fantasy novel series Monuments begins in spring 2019.

For information on the types of presentations and workshops he runs in schools, or if you simply want to say hey, please don’t hesitate to email Will.

3: Jay Kristoff

Author of: The Illuminae Chronicles (with Amie Kaufman), The Nevernight Chronicles, the Lifelike series, and The Lotus Wars series.
2019 Releases: Aurora Rising (with Amie Kaufman), DEV1AT3 (2nd novel in the Lifelike series), and Darkdawn (the final book in The Nevernight Chronicles).

Jay Kristoff is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is the winner of five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live. 

He does not believe in happy endings.

4: Amie Kaufman

Author of: The Illuminae Chronicles (with Jay Kristoff), the Unearthed duology (with Meagan Spooner), the Elementals series, Begin End Begin: A YA Anthology (with various authors), Where the Shoreline Used to Be (with various authors), and the Starbound trilogy (with Meagan Spooner).
2019 Releases: Aurora Rising (with Jay Kristoff), and Scorch Dragons (2nd Elementals book).

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and has been described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world awesome” (Kirkus). Her series include The Illuminae Files, The Starbound Trilogy, Unearthed and Elementals: Ice Wolves. Her work is in development for film and TV, and has taken home multiple Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, a Gold Inky, made multiple best-of lists and been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

5: Lynette Noni

Author of: The Medoran Chronicles, and the Whisper duology.
2019 Releases: Vardaesia (the final Medoran Chronicles novel), and The World of Throne of Glass (with Sarah J Maas).

Lynette Noni studied journalism, academic writing and human behaviour at university before venturing into the world of fiction. She is now a full-time writer and the bestselling author of the six-book young adult fantasy series, The Medoran Chronicles, as well as a second series called Whisper, which was acquired by the editor of The Hunger Games and released globally in May, 2018. 

Lynette is currently the number one YA fiction author in Australia.

6: Nina Kenwood

Author of: It Sounded Better in my Head.
2019 Release: It Sounded Better in my Head.

I’m a writer based in Melbourne. I won the 2018 Text Prize for my young adult novel It Sounded Better In My Head, which will be published in Australia by Text Publishing in August 2019 and in the US by Flatiron Books in April 2020. I’ve worked in the book industry for over ten years, most recently as the marketing manager at Readings bookshop. You can read some of my reviews and writing for Readings here.

7: C.G Drews

Author of: A Thousand Perfect Notes
2019 Releases: The Boy Who Steals Houses

C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her dog, a piano, and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novel after novel. She blogs at paperfury.com, never sleeps, and believes in cake for breakfast.

8: Cath Crowley

Author of: Graffiti Moon, Words in Deep Blue, Gracie Faltrain series, A Little Wanting Song, That Book That Made Me, and Take Three Girls.
2019 Releases: N/A

Cath Crowley is a young adult author published in Australia and internationally. She is the author of The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie DuskinGraffiti Moon and Words in Deep Blue. In 2011, Graffiti Moon won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Ethel Turner Award for Young People’s Literature, and was named an honour book in the Children’s Book Council, Book of the Year. Words in Deep Blue won the Indie Book Awards Young Adult Fiction of the Year 2017, the Gold Inky Award 2017 and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. 

Her collaborative novel Take Three Girls, written with YA luminaries Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell,won the CBCA Award for Book of the Year: Older Readers 2018 and was shortlisted for a Gold Inky Award 2018. 

9: Lili Wilkinson

Author of: Pink, A Pocketful of Eyes, The Boundless Sublime, Scatterheart, Short (with various authors), The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend, Angelfish, Love-Shy, The Zigzag Effect, Green Valentine, and After the Lights Go Out.
2019 Releases: N/A

Lili Wilkinson is the author of twelve books, including Green Valentine, Pink and The Boundless Sublime. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers.  Her latest novel is After The Lights Go Out

10: Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories

Authors of Underdog: Tobias Madden, Sofia Casanova, Cassi Dorian, Michael Earp, Jes Layton, Sophie L. Macdonald, Stacey Malacari, and Kaneana May.
Other Works: WOLVES (Tobias Madden), Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories (Michael Earp), Aurealis #99 (Michael Earp), Next Big Thing (Jes Layton), Obliquity: Stories of a Tilted Perspectivee (Sophie L. Macdonald), Futurevision (Sophie L. Macdonald), The Evil Inside Us (Sophie L. Macdonald), Seasons of Discontent (Sophie L. Macdonald), IT’S COMPLICATED ( Stacey Malacari),
Future Projects: Lightening Flash (Stacey Malacari), and The One (Kaneana May).

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