How to keep up? It’s simple. Once a month, head on down to The Next Big Thing, where you will hear from and meet four exciting new authors, and maybe a few who’ve been around for a while but haven’t had the exposure they deserve. These are the literary stars of tomorrow. Come and hear from them today.
Ellie Marney is a young adult author whose debut crime thriller Every Breath came out in 2013, and is followed this year by Every Word, and in 2015 by Every Move.
Liam Pieper is a journalist and author whose memoir about being an inept gangster, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, hits the shelves this month.
Tom O’Byrne is a short-story writer and student, currently working on his first novel.
Diana Sweeney is a lecturer and model, whose acclaimed debut young adult novel The Minnow is out this winter.
Diana Sweeney is a university lecturer and model, whose acclaimed debut young adult novel The Minnow is out this winter.
Liam Pieper’s grandmother introduces him to her friends, as ‘my grandson who writes for the Internet’. You might find his work in the Monthly, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac. His memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year, is published by Penguin Australia in 2014. He is co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. Find him on twitter @liampieper.
Tom O’Byrne is someone who writes despite the loneliness and acute awareness of death. His reasons are probably selfish but are mostly unknown. He has regular dreams about living in fictitious worlds, violence and superfluous romance that he wishes were true. Although this sounds dismal, his life is whimsical and highly entertaining.
Ellie Marney is a teacher and Young Adult author who specializes in crime and all things involving dastardly mystery. Her highly-awarded adult short stories have been published in Australia and the UK, and her debut YA crime thriller Every Breath (Allen & Unwin, 2013) is followed by two sequels, Every Word (June 2014), and Every Move (March 2015). (rodneyvc)