About

Hi! I’m Amelia. Having decided at age three that I wanted to ‘work in a shop surrounded by books that I have written,’ I’ve been relentlessly pursuing that dream ever since.

By day, I’m an English teacher, once described by my students as ‘the embodiment of enthusiasm.’ I studied creative writing at the University of Melbourne, and wrote my thesis on teen fantasy fiction.

Novels

My MG novel, The Grandest Bookshop in the World, won the 2018 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship and will be published in October 2020 by Affirm Press. It’s an historical fantasy about Cole’s Book Arcade – a very special piece of Melbourne history, and the family who lived there.

My YA novel, The Celestial Kris, follows four teenage outcasts on a quest to save their homeland. This tale, inspired by the art and folklore of western Borneo, was a 2018 winner of the Australian Society of Authors’ Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Award Mentorship. My MG steampunk novel, Anomalies, is a platonic love story amid totalitarian control and creepy robots, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Ampersand Prize.

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 comedy about the self-aware characters of a fantasy novel, on a quest to find their author. Both plays are suitable for large casts and school budgets, available here and here.

Short works

One of my short stories, 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.

You can read my poetry for free here, or assorted short pieces here. I occasionally guest-post for my pal the Unshaved Mouse.

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