Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Isobelle Carmody.
One of the benefits of being Editor of Creative Kids Tales is getting to choose which guests to chat with from this wonderful industry.
This month, our featured author is one who has worn many caps during her writing career. She is an Australian writer of fantasy, science fiction, children’s and YA literature.
Isobelle was born in 1958 and grew up with seven siblings. Sadly her father's life was ended by a drunk driver when she was only fourteen, resting much of the responsibility of raising her younger siblings on her shoulders. Her mother was young at the time of her father’s death and was forced to work to support the family. Isobelle found story telling an ideal way to not only keep her siblings in line but also to entertain them.
She attended school in Geelong and had little time for homework or friends. Shortly after the passing of her father, Isobelle began writing The Obernewtyn Chronicles using the information she had learned about the bombings of Nagasaki, Hiroshima and the Manhattan Project to create a science fiction story in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Isobelle continued working on the Obernewtyn Chronicles while completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in literature and philosophy. Upon graduating, she worked in public relations and undertook a journalism cadetship.
The Obernewtyn Chronicles was accepted by the first publisher it was sent to achieving what many authors dream of. The book went on to be short-listed in the Older Readers section of the CBCA’s Book of the Year Award for older readers. This series, now seven strong and her short stories have cemented her place as the Queen of fantasy writing in Australia.
Her stories are rich tapestries of complex storytelling. Her dedication to her craft and the industry she has helped carve for up and coming authors is unquestionable.
Isobelle divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and abroad with her partner, Czech musician and poet Jan Stolba and daughter, Adelaide.
Isobelle has won many awards during her notable career and was the Guest of Honour at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne.
2011 - Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
- Younger Readers Book of the Year: winner for The Red Wind
2008 – Aurealis Awards
- Young Adult Novel: Shortlisted for The Stone Key
2007 – Aurealis Awards
- Children's Novel: shortlisted for A Fox Called Sorrow
2006 – ABPA Book Design Awards
- Fiction: winner for Little Fur: the Legend of Little Fur
2006 – Aurealis Awards
- Golden Aurealis novel: winner for Alyzon Whitestarr
- Young Adult Novel: winner for Alyzon Whitestarr
- Children's Long Fiction: winner for Little Fur: The Legend Of Little Fur
2002 – Aurealis Awards
- Young Adult Short Story Award: winner for Dreamwalker
1998 – Aurealis Awards
- Young Adult Novel: winner for Greylands
- Fantasy Novel: shortlisted for "Darkfall: Book One of the Legendsong"
1998 – Ditmar Awards
- Australian Long Fiction: shortlisted for Darkfall
1997 – Aurealis Awards
- Young Adult Short Story: winner for Green Monkey Dreams
1997 – Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Stories
- Young Adult Division: winner for Greylands
1996 – Aurealis Awards
- Young Adult Novel: shortlisted for Ashling
1994 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
- Book of the Year for Older Readers: joint winner for The Gathering
1994 – W.A. Young Readers Book Award (WAYRA)
- Second for The Gathering
1993 – Children's Peace Literature Award (PEACE)
- Best Book: joint winner for The Gathering
1992 – 3M Talking Book Award – (NSW)
- Talking Book: Winner for Scatterlings
1991 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
- Book of the Year for Older Readers – Honour Book for The Farseekers: the Obernewtyn Chronicles
1988 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
- Book of the Year for Older Readers: shortlisted for Obernewtyn: The Obernewtyn Chronicles
To learn more about Isobelle Carmody, visit www.isobellecarmody.net
Here are some of Isobelle Carmody's books: