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Ellie Marney is a qualified teacher, and a bestselling and multi-award-winning author of YA thrillers. Her titles include the New York Times bestseller NONE SHALL SLEEP and the Kirkus-starred sequel SOME SHALL BREAK, as well as THE KILLING CODE, the EVERY series, WHITE NIGHT, and more. Ellie has researched in mortuaries, interviewed law enforcement personnel, and talked with former spies about how to make explosives from household items, and now she lives quite sedately in the North-Central Goldfields region of Victoria with her family.
I’m originally from Brisbane – I grew up in country Queensland – but I’ve spent long stints living overseas in Indonesia, India and Singapore. After the tropics, living in Victoria took a bit of getting used to, yes! But I love my adopted city, Melbourne, and regional Victoria feels like home to me now.
I’ve been a teacher – I’m still a teacher – both in Australia and overseas, for children from K-12. Before authoring and teaching I worked a huge variety of jobs that gave me a great breadth of insight for writing – I’ve handed out leaflets, pulled beers in pubs, taught yoga, picked grapes, cut rice, waitressed, sold things in shops, ushered in cinemas…I even worked in a book store once, long ago (my dream job).
Death (hey, I’m a murder mystery writer!) and change, country life and people, family and the ties that bind, love and growth. Sharp-witted female protagonists feature strongly in my work.
I’m passionate about encouraging adults to read some of the books their kids are reading, not only so they’re better informed and can help their kids discern, but also to give them an awareness of their kids’ worlds.
Being shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award was pretty amazing – especially getting to say hi to some of the teenagers who voted for Every Breath. Waking up one morning to find Every Breath in Kirkus was a bit mind-boggling. Also, winning the Scarlet Stiletto Award for women’s short crime writing in 2010 – that was my first big win. My husband was sitting next to me, patting my shoulder and trying to calm my nerves by saying ‘Relax. You’ll probably lose.’ (so helpful!)