Fleur Ferris is a former police officer, paramedic, and current author of YA smash hits. In her downtime she farms rice…. because, you know, she doesn’t have enough on her plate with being Super Woman.
Fleur’s first novel, Risk, was published through Penguin House in 2015 and won two Davitt awards, a Family Therapists‘ award, and was long listed for an Indie award. On top of that it scared the crappola out of parents, teachers, and teenagers alike. It is about the dangers kids face online, and indeed every parents worst fear comes true when a child in the novel goes missing after connecting with someone online.
Not satisfied with terrifying parents out of their minds once, Fleur released Black through Penguin House in 2016. This brought the danger out of cyberspace and directly into your own neighbourhood. Trust no one.
In 2017 Fleur is back at it again. In July she releases Wreck and has no doubt found a new way to traumatise readers. I cannot wait to find out how. Mr Penguin, should you like to send me an early review copy I wouldn’t say no. Just sayin.
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Who is Tania Chandler? She’s a crime writer, an Australian, and an all round rad shiela (is that how you spell it?). Like all cool writers she lives in Melbourne… I live in Sydney. Graeme Simsion, famous for the world wide smash The Rosie Project, has described her lead character as “flawed and troubled as any hard-bitten dick.”
Tania’s novels are known for taking the archetypes from crime fiction and shuffling them around. Her character Brigitte has all the hallmarks of the femme fatale yet is the lead character. Aidan has the typical traits of the strong and silent police officer who drinks too much yet is relegated to the love interest category. Tania’s playing around with tropes gives her novels a fresh and light feel despite them dealing with distinctly dark subject matter.
Why does this cover scare me so?
Her debut novel Please Don’t Leave Me Hear published through Scribe has a super creepy cover. I don’t know what it is about it but it gives me a serious case of the willies (damn you Graeme Simsion, now I’m even giggling at this). It was shortlisted for best debut novel by BOTH the Ned Kelly and Davitt awards.
Her sequel, Dead in the Water, which was brilliantly reviewed on Newtown Review of Books by a complete genius, has a sex scene between a married couple with three kids. That deserves some kind of an award in itself. Married people getting all sexy for sexing and what not is a rare occurrence. Usually married people are either sleeping or having fumbly sex but this couple gets it on like Donkey Kong. I award Tania Chandler a Vag Badge, for sexifying married life with kids.
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Quick follow up note: Graeme Simsion has also been credited with ensuring Anita Heiss has the best calves in Australian writing.
Emma Viskic is a critically acclaimed writer, and a concert clarinetist. Not only did her debut novel, Resurrection Bay published through Echo Publishing, win the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut and 3 Davitt Awards– Best Adult Novel, Best Debut and Readers’ Choice, her shorts winning the Ned Kelly S. D. Harvey Award and the New England Thunderbolt Award, but she has also performed with the likes of Jose Carreras. Her latest novel And Fire Came Down is currently getting ready to win all the awards.
Despite being so sickeningly talented she is well regarded by fellow authors and is an advocate of mentoring and supporting other writers. Emma Viskic used the mentoring services of Janette Currie, through the WoMentoring Project started by Kerry Hudson, for the final draft of Resurrection Bay. She has described the experience as eye opening.
Emma’s sheer array of skills have led to much speculation about her birth and whether or not she is indeed human. The most popular theory being that she was born on a pirate ship with a tail like a Xenomorph. This is possibly simply confusion over the fact that she was born with a tale about *alien pirates* to tell.
Rumours of her hatred of mangoes, however, are quite true. Not only does she not like mangoes but she refuses to use any words the rhyme with mango. Do not ask her to tango, I repeat, DO NOT ASK HER TO TANGO.
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