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Lizzie Wilcock is the author of two awesome YA or Young Adult novels.

Newcastle Writers Festival


I never knew that my home town – Newcastle – had so many talented writers, or that it even had many published writers at all! I must have been living under a rock, or at least behind my laptop, for the past decade. This weekend is the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival. There are free events and ticketed events, just like at writers festivals in capital cities. I have been to the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Writers Festivals and , before seeing Newcastle’s program, I thought to myself that Newcastle could not possibly get in any big names for the event. How wrong I was! And most of the big names are Novocastrians, born and bred, and still living and writing here. A novocastrian, for all you non-Newcastle folk, is the quirky name we locals give to people from Newcastle.

Today, I went to a free session on YA fiction. The topic for discussion was “Cross-Over Fiction”, which is about how YA fiction is not just for teenagers anymore. I have always passionately been a reader of YA fiction, and certainly not just because I write for this age group. YA fiction is intelligent, funny, literary, thought-provoking, and all the things that adult fiction is, but the main attraction for me is that it is pacier. Teenagers don’t want to read boring descriptions or long-winded bits of back story. They want their stories to move along and get somewhere fast. They want their characters real and flawed and in-your-face. And so do I! A friend recently recommended and lent me an adult book that she raved about. I have been struggling to find what it was that she loved about it. Yet today I bought four books by the four wonderful YA authors at the Writers Festival, and over the course of this afternoon I read the opening chapter of each. All four books gripped me from the start, leaving me in a quandary as to which one to read first. That’s what Young Adult fiction does to you. These four wonderful authors, whose names you will see below, spoke with such passion about YA fiction that they have inspired and motivated me to get stuck into my next novel. Just last weekend I finished writing my sixth novel (more about that on another blog post, which I have also been motivated to do more often), and I was planning to take a hiatus from writing for a while, but after listening to these writers speak, that hiatus will be extremely short. I am just itching to get stuck into my next story. So a huge thank you to these wonderful Newcastle authors and their awesome novels. Check them out!!!!!

Felicity Pullman – A Ring Through Time     Ghosts, secrets . . . and a love that haunts the future

Kaz Delaney – Dead, Actually   A wickedly funny story of blackmail, scams and swoonworthy crushes

Margo Lanagan – Tender Morsels   Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Alexa Moses – Slave Girl   A 13 year old girl travels back in time to Ancient Egypt with nothing but her big mouth and her smart phone to get her out alive



Extinction Book Trailer


Wow! My publishers, Scholastic, have made a book trailer for me! And thanks to James and Joshua for showing me how to embed it on my website. Watch it. It is absolutely awesome! It was made by a very talented film student in Sydney. She used stock images and clips and sounds that are available on various internet sites. I am so impressed with what she has done.

When I first watched the trailer, I got chills. It is so powerful and energetic. Is my book really that scary? I guess I kind of forget that it is, knowing it so well and being so close to it. Tell me what you think. And send the trailer to all of your friends or show them how to find it on YouTube by searching for Lizzie Wilcock Extinction.

Lizzie Wilcock’s New Book


Here it is! Finally! My new book, The Day The World Ended– Part One in the two-book Extinction Series. Sorry for the long delay between books, but having a baby (and the sleepless nights that followed for the next three and a half years and are still occuring) has slowed me down. The ideas and the passion for writing are definitely alive, unfortunately when I get the time for writing, my body just wants to sleep.

Somehow I must have managed to do some writing because I have three novels coming out in 2011. This one, The Day The World Ended is different from my first two novels – Losing It and griEVE. It’s an adventure story with kicks and twists and travel to exotic places – in the present and in the past. The book is not due for release until  March 2011. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book to whet your appetite.

‘The world is going to end of September 21st. We know this because we’ve seen it. We were there.’

Mac and Annie Sword are the only survivors when humanity is wiped out, or so they think. A mysterious website reveals they are not alone – and that they have the ability to undo the mass-extinction. But there is someone who will do anything to stop them . . .

A thrilling new series from acclaimed author Lizzie Wilcock.