About

About me

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 a left-handed free-range oven-fired ace atheist made from 99% natural fibres in the world-class pure waters of country Victoria and malted in an oak barrel for up to three years.

Novels

My early-YA steampunk novel, Anomalies, was shortlisted for the 2016 Ampersand Prize. It’s under consideration by agents at the moment.

My other YA novel, The Celestial Kris, is one of the 2018 winners of a Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Award Mentorship. It’s a high-fantasy quest inspired by the mythology and indigenous cultures of Malaysian Borneo.

I’m also working on an MG novel, The Grandest Bookshop in the World, for which I’ve won the 2018 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship. It’s a historical fantasy about Cole’s Book Arcade –  a very special piece of Melbourne history, and the family who lived there.

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. now and then, 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.

I’ve written a sci-fi murder mystery text adventure game which you can play here, and I occasionally guest-post for my pal the Unshaved Mouse.

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

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