My point to all this is that I didn't realize how many wonderful authors were Australian until I moved to that country and started paying attention, until I met several of them, until I traded book recommendations with my new Australian friends.
Before I moved abroad, I knew of two YA authors from Australia: Markus Zusak and DM Cornish. (I later learned that some other well-knowns, Margo Lanagan and Melina Marchetta, are also Australian.) After having judged the YA category of Australia's Aurealis Awards last year, I now know of a lot more, many of whom have become must-reads on my to-read list.
I thought I'd share three authors with you today as each of them have new books recently published or soon to be published.
- Claire Zorn, author of The Sky So Heavy and the just-released The Protected. I read The Sky So Heavy last year for the Aurealis Awards and, yeeps, was it good. It's a post-apocalyptic tale that was so realistically written, it made me want to stockpile canned goods, bottled water and firewood. I didn't get a chance to buy The Protected before we moved, so I'll be adding that to my ebook collection soon.
- Jack Heath, author of the just-released Replica. I met Jack while working at the ACT Writers Centre and read one of his short stories while judging the Aurealis Awards. (ACT is an abbreviation for Australia Capital Territory a.k.a Canberra.) He's a super talented writer (he had a publishing contract when he was only 18!) and I'm excited to read this new book.
- Rebecca James, author of Beautiful Malice, Sweet Damage, and the soon-to-be-released Cooper Bartholomew is Dead. Rebecca is another author that I met while working at the ACT Writers Centre. She's hilarious in real life and her books are riveting. I'm looking forward to her third book, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead.