Excited to announce that A Shadow’s Breath, my new YA novel, will be launched on Friday February 3, at Dymocks, Collins Street, Melbourne by the amazing New York Times bestselling author, Amie Kaufman.


Even better, the reviews are coming in, and they’re lovely.

But if you can’t wait until Feb 3, or can’t make it to the launch, A Shadow’s Breath will be in bookshops January 30. You can pre-order now.

In the meantime, you might try to get your hands on one of these amazing review copies designed by the brilliant peeps at Penguin Random House.

This beauty arrived on my doorstep just before Christmas.


And if you can find your way to the Penguin YA Showcases, currently scheduled for Sydney and Melbourne, with whispers of others in the wings, you might be the lucky recipient of one of Penguin Teen’s famous Super-proofs – featuring extracts from a range of 2017 titles, including A Shadow’s Breath. You can check at your local bookshop, too, though they’ll be snapped up quickly, and numbers are limited.


Also, keep an eye out for a series of public events to follow.


If you love your footy, and are pumped about the launch of the inaugural women’s footy competition on Feb 3, you’ll want to get your hands on the other big project I’ve been working on this past year. In collaboration with the amazing Alicia Sometimes, partner in crime at the Outer Sanctum, and collaborator on our 2016 book, From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It, I’m excited to announce the upcoming must-have guide to the women’s competition: A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017. Aimed at kids ages 7-12, A Footy Girl’s Guide features one superstar from each of the AFLW clubs, including Daisy Pearce, Katie Brennan, Sabrina Frederick-Traub, among others.


Extra points if you can tell me who this is:


Available February 1, or on pre-order now, A Footy Girl’s Guide is the must-have book for footy fans young and old.


Okay, it was me. Still, we at the Outer Sanctum have been busy preparing for this groundbreaking event, gearing up to share with you the stories that matter to us, on and off the footy field. Can’t say much yet, so stay tuned for more in late January.


Here are a whole bunch of books you should read. One of them might or might not be mine.

Australia New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, London

Very excited to be invited to speak on a panel about dark issues in Young Adult in the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London. The festival runs from May 29 to June 1, and features some amazing authors, artists, and filmmakers, as well as some pretty impressive dignitaries. So, if you find yourself in London, come and say hi.


The Writing Process

The talented Eliza Graham, author of Playing with the Moon, Restitution, Jubilee, The History Room and The One I Was, as well as young adult novel, Blitz Kid has asked me to take the baton for a Blog Hop, called The Writing Process.

As with these things, there are four questions which I’ll do my best not to fudge too shamefully. Or maybe I’ll use a pretty colour when I do.

What am I working on?

You caught me at a great time. I’ve just finished my next novel – no spoilers yet, I’m sorry – and have embarked upon the gratifying but also mildly terrifying task of trying to adapt my debut novel, The Whole of My World, for screen.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, first of all, I have written about a teenage girl who loves footy. (That’s Australian Football for the uninitiated.) Apparently no one else has done this before. So there’s that. My new one deals with a different version of what is becoming my favourite conversation – girls finding their way in traditionally masculine worlds. I don’t know if that’s different enough, but it’s mine. And I’m keeping it.*

(*I reserve the right to write about whatever takes my fancy – as long as my publisher will have me.)

Why do I write what I do?

For a start, I steal gleefully and unapologetically from my own life, so that’s driven most of my writing so far. But I’m running out of interesting stuff to steal, so I will have to do something interesting or start making things up.*

More specifically, I write about teenage girls because: 1) I was one, and I wasn’t very good at it, so I’m hoping to get a second chance vicariously through my way-more-together (eventually) characters; and 2) I have two daughters and I’m hoping one day they might be vaguely interested in reading one of my stories. (Though I’m not holding my breath.)

(*Actually I made up a LOT of The Whole of My World, and my new novel deals with a world I have coveted but never been fortunate enough to be involved in, so lots of make believe there too. But I will always steal bits from RL whenever narratively – and legally! – possible.)

How does your writing process work?

Some days brilliantly. Others not so much. Generally I have to hide in a local cafe for a few hours, wifi-free, and knock out some pages before I feel confident enough that I won’t spend the rest of the day playing Words with Friends or trying to get Ricky Gervais to retweet me. (@nichmelbourne, Ricky, if you’re interested.) After that, I tend to library shop until I can find one with a good power source but without Story Time for Toddlers happening concurrently.

So that’s me. Next Monday, it’s the turn of the amazingly awesome Annie Collins – a fiction writer currently completing her degree in Publishing, Writing & Editing at RMIT (Melbourne), and winner of the Monash Literary Festival award. Check her out here www.ajcollins.com.au.

ABC Radio interview with Libbi Gorr

Can’t wait to chat with the fabulous Libbi Gorr this Sunday (March 9) on 774 ABC Radio – I’ve been a big fan of Libbi’s work for years now, and am keen to finally meet her. We’ll be talking footy, girls, women and The Whole of My World, among other things.

It all starts at 10.30 am. Hopefully I won’t make a total fool of myself. Or if I do, feel free to mock me shamelessly* on Facebook:



*Of course, by “mock me shamelessly” I mean “congratulate me generously and publicly”.


Australian writers rock. We know it, and we love them. But it’s not always easy to discover the Australian talent that is right under our noses.

From Australia With Love Blog Hop introduces you to 18 Aussie authors across a variety of categories and genres. Each author is hosting three of their fellow blog hop participants between now and Valentine’s Day to let you find out more about them. So follow them on twitter, like their Facebook page and visit their blogs during the blog hop period to discover more great Australian writers.

And to show how much these Aussie authors love their readers, they’ve donated some great prizes for you to win!

Author & Facebook Page




Ronnie Strong


Ronnie Strong

Becca Lee


Becca Lee

Nina Levine


Books By Nina Levine

Nicole R Taylor


Nicole R Taylor

Cameron Trost


Cameron Trost

L.L. Hunter


Angels on Earth

New Adult and Young Adult



Down Under Wonderings

Lisa Swallow


Lisa Swallow

Katie Hamstead


Katie Teller’s Stories

Nicole Hayes


Nicole Hayes

K.A. Last



Laura Katherine


The Quill Weilder

Cassandra Page


Cassandra Page

Stacey Nash


Stacey Nash

Lauren K McKellar


Lauren K McKellar

MG & Chapter Books*

LJ Clarkson


Mastermind Academy

Melissa Gijsbers


Melissa Writes

Jacqueline Harvey


Jacqueline Harvey

 *Also visit YAtopia for additional MG posts.