Lili Wilkinson: award-winning YA writer, manuscript assessor and chicken lover

With an incredible sixteen books under her belt, including eleven YA books, Melbourne author, Lili Wilkinson knows a hell of a lot about the craft of crime writing and she revealed all (well almost) to Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore for this week’s Murder Mondays interview.

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






Writing must be in Lili’s blood. Her mother is the well-known children’s author, Carole Wilkinson. Her YA books include Green Valentine, The Boundless Sublime and After the Lights Go Out which was shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s last year’s Davitt Awards.

She has played a big role in the YA sphere, establishing the wonderfully named website and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature at State Library of Victoria. She also have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now gets to spend most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers.

Lili last spoke at Sisters in Crime’s YA Crime: Is it all grown up? event back in 2018 so it’s been a while between chats.

Her latest book is The Erasure Initiative (Allen & Unwin).

Murders Mondays are available on Sisters in Crime YouTube channel at 6pm on Mondays. Previous guests include Petronella McGovern, Heather Rose, Malla Nunn, Sara Partetsky, Judith Rossell, Sulari Gentill, Sarah Epstein, Mirandi Riwoe, Kerry McGinnis, Kathy Reichs, Ellie Marney, Katherine Kovacic, Candice Fox, Anne Buist, Dervla McTiernan and Val McDermid.