About

About me

I’m an emerging writer for young people, based in Australia. This is where I post about my process, stories, research and artwork.

I’ve wanted to be a storyteller since I was a toddler. I studied creative writing at the University of Melbourne, where real academics with real tasselled caps let me write about teen fantasy for my Honours thesis. My degree included ancient mythology, linguistics, history, literature and Australian wildlife biology. I’m left-handed, short-sighted and so unco that I once fell headfirst off a bike into the Mekong River.

Novels

My early-YA steampunk novel, Anomalies, was shortlisted for the 2016 Ampersand Prize. This was a big stepping stone for an emerging writer, and I’m hoping to find a home for the book this year.

Lately I’ve been working on another YA novel, The Celestial Kris – a tribal fantasy quest inspired by the mythology and indigenous cultures of Malaysian Borneo.

Plays

I also write plays for secondary schools. The Glass Street Ghost is a comedic mystery about three young investigators trying to uncover the secret of their local haunted house. Shift is a metafictional comedy about the self-aware genre-jumping characters of a fantasy novel, on a quest to find their creator and demand better working conditions. Both plays are suitable for large casts and school budgets, and you can buy them here and here.

I’m working on another one for an all-female cast, Treasure: one girl’s search for truth in a world where the rich are incapable germophobes and the poor live off their mountains of garbage.

Other stuff

I’ve written some short stories as well. One of them, Left of Centre, came runner up in the fiction category of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Competition in 2016 and was published in The Victorian Writer magazine. Now and then, I’ll post other short pieces here for your reading pleasure.

I volunteer at Access, Inc. regularly, where I work with writers of all abilities on creative writing and drama projects. In May 2016, one of these projects came to fruition as Slim Will, a children’s picture book about difference, isolation and acceptance. It’s available from Readings bookshop, but you can also enquire about purchasing it here.

If you’d like to get in contact, email me at melloramelia@gmail.com or leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!