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Authors Tania Chandler, Leanne Hall, and Ruth McIver talked to award-winning YA writer, Ellie Marney, about crime that starts with the young but continues to reverberate, transforming,and traumatising many in its wake. Assaults, abductions, and, most especially, murder, all leave a terrible legacy.

Sidney, the hero of Tania Chandler’s third novel, All That I Remember About Dean Cola (Scribe Publications), is haunted by memories of bad boy Dean Cola, her teenage crush. Something unthinkable happened back in her old country town, but is she strong enough to face it?

Tania Chandler is a Melbourne-based writer, writing teacher and editor. Her novels  – Please Don’t Leave Me There and Dead in the Water – have been published in Australia and internationally, selected for reading programs and shortlisted for awards.

More info here.

In Leanne Hall’s YA novel, The Gaps (Text Publishing)the abduction of sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell sends shock waves through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. Everyone is affected by Yin’s disappearance—even scholarship student Chloe, who usually stays out of Balmoral dramas, is drawn into the maelstrom. And when she begins to form an uneasy alliance with Natalia, the queen of Year Ten, things get even more complicated.

Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children’s fiction. Her debut YA novel, This Is Shyness, won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature at the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her latest YA novel is The Gaps.

Leanne worked as a children’s and YA specialist at an independent bookshop for over ten years, and she is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT. More info here.

In Ruth McIver’s I Shot the Devil (Hachette Australia), Erin Sloane was sixteen when a high school senior was murdered by his friends. Twenty years later, Erin thought she’d left the memories and the town behind after lots of pills and alcohol but her ageing father needs her to come back home. Work on a local magazine takes her closer and closer to a terrifying truth, and closer and closer to danger. This a story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost is set in Southport, not on the Gold Coast, but in the state of New York.

Ruth McIver recently completed her PhD in true crime inspired fiction at Curtin University. Her first novel, Nothing Gold, was runner up in the inaugural Banjo Prize (2018) and was one of seven novels selected to be pitched at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (2014). I Shot the Devil won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. More info here.

Compere Ellie Marney is an Australian author who has gone behind the scenes at the Westminster Mortuary and interviewed forensic and technical specialists from around the world in pursuit of the perfect gory details for her brand of pulse-pounding YA crime thrillers.

Her titles include the Every series, White NightNo Limits, the Circus Hearts series, and the Aurealis-winning None Shall Sleep (Allen & Unwin). Ellie’s tenth novel, Arlington Hall, is releasing in 2022. She has lived in Indonesia, India, and Singapore, and is now based near Castlemaine, Victoria, with her family.

The three $150 book packs were won by Petronella Nicholson (NSW), Roslyn Johnson (Qld), and Fran Willcox (Vic).