Following author Anna Todd’s success with fan-fiction favourite After, publishing houses are increasingly looking to online self-publishing for new stories with a built-in fan base. But can writers use digital platforms to bypass publishers altogether? And what other freedoms does technology provide authors in the modern world? Three celebrated writers – Tonya Alexandra, Alison Croggon and Jay Kristoff – sit down with YA author Jenna Guillaume for a fascinating discussion about how technology is reshaping writers’ lives and how it has influenced their careers.

Programmed with SWF Youth Curators.

Supported by the City of Parramatta and the Department of Family and Community Services

Jay Kristoff (Australian)

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Jay Kristoff is New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Nevernight Chronicles, The Illuminae Files, The Lotus War and Lifel1k3. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the Locus award, David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,665 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings.

Tonya Alexandra (Australian)

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Tonya Alexandra has a fractured life writing for print and television, as well as maintaining a tortured relationship with books. To get out of her head she carves wood, etches, and struts around in the background of TV shows working as an extra. She is the Secretary of the Northern Suburbs branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and considers creativity vital for life. In her latest book, The Implausible Story of Olive Far Far Away, invisible Olive causes chaos as a backpacker.

Alison Croggon (Australian)

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Alison Croggon is the award-winning author of the fantasy series The Books of Pellinor, which have sold half a million copies worldwide. Her other novels include: The River and the Book and Black Spring; and the science fiction dystopian novel Fleshers, which she co-wrote with her husband Daniel Keene.

Jenna Guillaume (Australian)

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Jenna Guillaume is a journalist and author based in Sydney. She has a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan, with her debut Young Adult novel Maisie coming in 2019. She is also Editor-at-Large for BuzzFeed Australia, where she writes about very important things like pop culture, identity, feminism, social media, and Chris Hemsworth's biceps. Previously she worked in the features department of Girlfriend magazine.