All this week Caffeinated will be hosting guest bloggers from around the world in the Caffeinated BEA Takeover. They will be discussing books, boyfriends, tips, tricks and more. Our first guest is Deborah from Debbish.com. Deborah is an Australian blogger with a passion for writing. Today she is sharing Three Aussie Authors You May Have Missed. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage and make her feel welcome. Deborah will be replying and visiting all of you today!
When the opportunity to guest blog on Kimberly’s site first came up I decided it was the perfect chance to showcase Australian literature.
I was planning to talk about recent winners of some of our writing awards… And there are a stack: Ned Kelly Awards (for crime fiction); Romance Writers of Australia; and Aurealis Awards (for speculative fiction). And then there’s the recently-held Stella Prize for women writers and finally the Miles Franklin Literary Award and many others I can’t be bothered trying to remember!
However, I’m also conscious that a lot of Australian writers are well known internationally – such as Peter Carey, Kate Morton, Richard Flanagan, Thomas Keneally, Tim Winton, Mem Fox, Michael Robotham, Kate Grenville, Isobelle Carmody, Liane Moriarty, Graeme Simsion and…. okay… I’ll stop there.
So because I’m somewhat self absorbed I thought I’d offer up a few of MY favourite Aussie writers who may not (as yet) be on your radar!
Three Aussie Authors You May Have Missed
I read Parrett’s second book When The Night Comes in 2014. And I fell in love with the story of a Danish seaman on board a vessel bound for the Antarctic and a young Tasmanian girl whose mother he befriends. Parrett’s writing is stunning and I was enchanted.
And it was only recently that I read her first novel, Past the Shallows – a somewhat devastating tale about two young boys and their distant and neglectful fisherman father… and I fell in love again. Parrett features the ocean in both and it’s akin to another character. Her passion and respect for its alluring, yet dangerous beauty is very evident. I cannot wait for what’s next.
With a ‘you-don’t-quite-count’ nod to Aussie expat, Michael Robotham, Candice Fox is easily my favourite Aussie thriller author. Her recent series, Hades, Eden and Fox got progressively better…and darker. Centred around a prickly Dexter Morgan-like serial killer and cop (Eden) and her adopted father and former crime-boss Hades, the series offers readers the opportunity to consider our own morals, boundaries and sense of right and wrong.
Fox has also very recently co-authored two books with James Patterson which I’m yet to read.
Regular readers of my blog will be surprised I’ve included Johns here as I’m not a reader of romance. Romantic suspense yes, but romance (and rural romance in particular)…. No. Nope. No sirree.
However, I know many MANY fans of Aussie author Rachael Johns who writes rural romance and what she describes as ‘Life-Lit’. Her novels are quintessentially Australian and loved by many. I follow the delightful West Australian author on social media and know – if I ever get past my antipathy towards romance* – I would love Rachael’s work.
There are so many more wonderful Australian novels and writers I couldn’t do them justice. I’ve included links to the Awards I mention above, so if you have a chance, check out some of the recent winners.
I’m embarrassed to admit I avoided Australian writers and books set here for years. I read to escape, so I didn’t want to read about my own backyard. But I realise now what a disservice I did to myself and my reading repertoire and am now – most certainly – trying to rectify that.
Do you have any favourite Australian authors?
* I think my aversion towards romance is borne of the fairytales, Sweet Dreams novels and Mills & Boon all read in my youth and the promise of great love from an adoring wealthy and charismatic Mr Darcy-like suitor. Needless to say it didn’t happen and I’m probably still nursing my bitter and twisted heart as I plummet into old age!
Thank you Deborah! Deborah Cook lives on the Fraser Coast in Queensland, Australia and blogs about books, not-dieting and life in general at debbish.com. I met Deborah through the Sunday Post and love the diversity she brings her to blog through reviews, discussions and life posts. Her reviews have depth and she communicates her opinions without spoilers, something I appreciate it. I enjoy her discussion posts where she shares her journeys in writing and everyday challenges. Follow Debbish.com on Bloglovin’
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