Candice Fox: Crime-writer, crafter, animal-lover and wine drinker

Sydney-based international best-selling author, Candice Fox, was grilled for this week’s Murder Mondays by Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer, journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime.

(Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.) 

Candice’s career has had an astonishing trajectory since her first novel, Hades, was published in 2014. Hades and the next in the series, Eden, both won Ned Kelly Awards. After Fall, she shifted her scene of the crime for her next three novels from the mean streets and rubbish tips of Sydney to the wetlands around Cairns.

And in 2015 she also began collaborating with international crime writer James Patterson and their six books together have been number one best sellers in the US and UK and translated into fifteen languages.

Essential Media and Los Angeles-based Dynamic Television have hired Yolanda Ramke to write Troppo, an eight-part crime drama based on Candice’s first FNQ novel, Crimson Lake.

In her review for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Sue Turnbull described Candice’s latest novel, Gathering Dark (Penguin Random House), as putting her in the same league as Elmore Leonard.

Candice declared that the Murder Mondays interview was “a murderous delight from start to finish”.

Born in 1985, Candice is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs composed of “half-, adopted and pseudo siblings”. The daughter of an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil from the cops and childcare authorities who frequented her home.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees.

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