Candice Fox’s first novel, Hades, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Book and she now co-authors a series with James Patterson. But her success was hard-won. Candice received more than 200 rejection letters before her manuscript was accepted for publication. She believes that her persistence was an essential part of her journey. Candice’s third novel, Fall, was recently published to critical acclaim. She talks about the importance of rejection to a writer’s practice, and the rewards it can bring.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Candice Fox (Australian)

Candice Fox

Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. Her subsequent novels – Fall, Crimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – were all shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award.In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the US, and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their later novels – Fifty Fifty, Liar Liar, Hush Hush and The Inn – have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Candice’s latest novel is The Chase.