Hear debut authors paired with established authors talk candidly about their journeys to publication: their highs and lows, friends lost, and amount of wine and chocolate consumed during the writing process. Authors will confess to their innermost fears and share their vulnerabilities.
Do writers of YA novels suffer the same angst as writers of other genres? Are there more specific considerations that need to be taken into account when writing for a younger audience?
Alicia Tuckerman and Holden Sheppard are both fairly new to the publishing world but they are certainly making sure they are noticed. Both draw on their life experiences of discrimination and prejudice in their novels.
Alicia Tuckerman is a driving force for young LGBT voices within Australia. Raised in rural NSW before she left home at the age of sixteen, she accepted a position to study at the Hunter School of Performing Arts. Described as having an overactive imagination as a child, she recalls writing stories her entire life. Alicia attributes surviving her teenage years to the comfort, release and escape writing offered and she hopes to inspire the next generation of readers and writers to embrace their true passions.
Alicia’s debut novel If I Tell You, explores the joys, triumphs and cruelties of modern day adolescence and considers there is no fantasy world she could create that is more terrifyingly beautiful than the one we’re expected to live in.
Holden Sheppard’s debut novel Invisible Boys explores societal prejudice and restrictions, and issues of sexual and cultural identity from a gay teenage point of view. It won the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award and was Highly Commended in the Australian Society of Authors’ 2018 Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize. Holden's writing has appeared in Indigo Journal, page seventeen, Ten Daily and the Huffington Post. Holden is represented by The Nash Agency, and he serves as Vice-President of the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre.
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