Aussie Author Awesomeness

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!! Not only is it a day to celebrate the our pretty amazing country, but also to celebrate what it contains - which includes fabulous authors. And why should we just celebrate all things Aussie on one day only? We shouldn’t - especially our authors!

There are plenty of amazing Australian authors, and here are just a few… and remember, you can celebrate the awesomeness of their books any day of the year. So treat yourself, grab a book by an Australian author and enjoy.


(Author bios and images are from Goodreads. Not all books by each author is listed)


Gabrielle Tozer

Gabrielle Tozer is an author, journalist and editor from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. In the past 12 years, she’s written for numerous titles, such as Cosmopolitan, DOLLY, Girlfriend, Bride To Be, TV WEEK, and The Canberra Times.
Now based in the heart of Sydney, Gabrielle has also worked as a managing editor, deputy editor, chief sub-editor and copywriter for Bauer Media, Pacific Magazines and HOYTS Cinema. Her YA novel The Intern is out now and the sequel Faking It hits shelves in mid-December. She is currently working on her third book with HarperCollins.


The Intern (The Intern, #1)

Faking It (The Intern, #2)

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Kylie Fornasier

As a teacher librarian, Kylie Foransier is in touch with what kids like to read, as well as being passionate about helping them enjoy that reading experience as much as she can. Kylie has won a number of writing awards, and already has a published chapter book and a soon-to-be published picture book with other major publishers. She is a strong believer in practicing what she preaches when it comes to her writing and so runs a writers’ group with the NSW Writer’s Centre and another in Penrith. Kylie lives in western Sydney.



The Things I Didn’t Say

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Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is a winner of the Aurealis Award, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty countries, most of which he has never visited. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.


Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)

Kinslayer (The Lotus War, #2)

Endsinger (The Lotus War, #3)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

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Rebecca James

Rebecca James is the author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE, SWEET DAMAGE and the forthcoming COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD. She has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone-operator in London. Rebecca lives in Canberra, Australia, with her partner and their four sons.


Beautiful Malice

Sweet Damage

Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead

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Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty is an Australian writer of young adult literature.

She studied English at the University of Sydney, and law at Yale University and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD.

She is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty. She was previously married to Canadian writer Colin McAdam, and has a son, Charlie. She currently lives in Sydney.


A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeleine, #1)

Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield, #1)

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes

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Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly releasedMagic’s Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century.



Magic or Madness (Magic or Madness, #1)


Team Human

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

My Sister Rosa

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Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing ‘Hail the Conquering Hero Comes’ or possibly ‘Roll Out the Barrel’. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.


Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)

Shade’s Children

The Fall (The Seventh Tower, #1)

A Confusion of Princes

Troubletwisters (Troubletwisters, #1)

Newt’s Emerald

To Hold the Bridge

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Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.


These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)

Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

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Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school. The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle’s published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy has been favorably compared to The Wizard of Oz and the Chronicles of Narnia. The Little Fur quartet is an eco-fantasy starring a half-elf, half-troll heroine and is fully illustrated by the author herself.


Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)

Darkfall (The Legendsong, #1)

Night Gate (The Gateway Trilogy, #1)

Alyzon Whitestarr

Metro Winds


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Ellie Marney

I live in country Victoria, Australia, where the sky is very big and the internet is way-hazy. I have four gorgeous sons and a very patient husband - sometimes I garden, and teach at schools, and bottle tomatoes, but mostly I write and read like a mad-thing.

Every Breath, a YA romantic crime thriller, is my first book - it’s out in Australia through Allen & Unwin (September 2013), and in North America and the Philippines through Tundra Books (Penguin Random House). The sequel Every Word has just been released here in Oz (June 2014) and the finale, Every Move will be out in 2015.


Every Breath (Every, #1)

Every Word (Every, #2)

Every Move (Every, #3)

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So there it is guys, a few Aussie authors to celebrate. There was no way I could include all our amazing authors, there are just too many! But if you want to look at a few more, last year I posted an ‘Aussie Author Awesomeness‘ post which highlights some more Aussie talent.


Let me know who your favourite Aussie author is, or your favourite Aussie book, in the comments below!

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