The Festival’s most exciting suspense writers bring along their latest novels and discuss their art. Sara Foster’s The Hidden Hours is a timeless thriller with a modern twist, set between London and the Australian outback. David Francis’s Wedding Bush Road uses Australia’s outback to explore memory and loss, while Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done is a true story of an 1892 axe murder in Massachusetts. Sara, David and Sarah discuss mood, setting and the art of suspense. With John M. Green.

David Francis (Australian)

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David Francis' first novel Agapanthus Tango was published in seven languages. His second, Stray Dog Winter, was named Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review and won an American Library Association Stonewall Prize for Literature. His most recent novel, Wedding Bush Road, was released in November 2016. David's short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review, Southern California Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Rattling Wall, Los Angeles Times and Harvard Review.

Sarah Schmidt (Australian)

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Sarah Schmidt currently works as a reading and literacy co-ordinator at a regional public library in Melbourne, after having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management. See What I Have Done is her first novel.

Sara Foster (Australian)

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Sara Foster is the bestselling author of five psychological suspense novels: The Hidden Hours, All That is Lost Between Us, Shallow Breath, Beneath the Shadows and Come Back to Me. Her books have been published in Australia, the US and Germany. Sara lives in Western Australia with her husband and two young daughters, and is a doctoral candidate at Curtin University. 

John M. Green (Australian)

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John M. Green's latest thriller is The Tao Deception, his second book featuring ex-spy Dr Tori Swyft and his third featuring the inspiring US President Isabel Diaz. As well as writing page-turning thrillers, John is a leading company director. He also co-founded Pantera Press.