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.
I studied creative writing at the University of Melbourne, and wrote my thesis on teen fantasy fiction. According to the bio trend of describing yourself with a list of labels, I’m a left-handed free-range oven-fired asexual atheist made from 99% natural fibres and malted in an oak barrel for three years.
I’m seeking an agent at the moment. All three of my unpublished manuscripts have won awards, and I can’t wait to share them.
I’ve recently finished an MG novel, The Grandest Bookshop in the World, for which I won the 2018 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship. 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 with robots, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Ampersand Prize.
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.
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.
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.
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