1. In the 'National Year of Reading' James Maloney, Kylie Chan and Marianne de Pierres consider the future market of readers - what appeals to teenage readers, and why?

    James Maloney has written 35 books for children and young adults and still has more to go. His latest novel for teens, 'Silvermay' is a compelling fantasy adventure that won the 2011 'Gold Inky Award' for best Australian YA novel, as voted on by young people aged 12 to 20. The sequel, 'Tamlyn', will be published in 2012.

    Kylie Chan drew on her love for Chinese myth, magic and martial arts in her 'Dark Heavens' and 'Journey to Wudang' fantasy trilogies. Her own experiences, as an ordinary Australian woman who lived and worked in Hong Kong for ten years, also helped. She is currently working on the first book of her next trilogy.

    Marianne de Pierres has been writing stories since she was eight years old and is now an award-winning author, with the 'Sentients of Orion' series, 'Parrish Plessis' series and the teen 'Night Creatures' series to her credit. She also writes the fabulous 'Tara Sharp' series, under a pseudonym, and mentors new writers.

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  2. Newly published author Helen Lacey, and dab hand James Maloney, look at what you need to do to finish your book and let it loose.

    Helen Lacey happily combines a love of romance and a targeted approach to the business of writing. Her first novel, 'Made for Marriage', was out in January 2012 - with two more Harlequin Special Edition novels to follow within a year. She works part-time in her sister's bridal shop and, arguably, owns too many horses.

    James Maloney has written 35 books for children and young adults and still has more to go. His latest novel for teens, 'Silvermay' is a compelling fantasy adventure that won the 2011 Gold Inky Award for best Australian YA novel, as voted on by young people aged 12 to 20. The sequel, Tamlyn, will be published in 2012.

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  3. Pop culture guru Toni Johnson-Woods and Toni Risson look at finding fascinating things that you love, and writing about them.

    Toni Johnson-Woods is an academic and recognised world expert and author on topics as diverse as manga, reality TV, South Park and Australian pulp fiction of the 1950s. She is the president of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand and her study of Asian street fashion will be published in 2012.

    Toni Risson wrote children's adventure stories before researching and writing about Australia's iconic Greek cafes and milk bars in 'Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill'. She so enjoyed writing non-fiction, she has now spent several years conducting exhaustive sugar-fuelled research for her PhD in the cultural role of lollies.

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  4. Kylie Chan and Nerida Newton talk about their imaginary friends, and how they put flesh on the bones of their favourite characters.

    Kylie Chan drew on her love for Chinese myth, magic and martial arts in her 'Dark Heavens' and 'Journey to Wudang' fantasy trilogies. Her own experiences, as an ordinary Australian woman who lived and worked in Hong Kong for ten years, also helped. She is currently working on the first book of her next trilogy.

    Nerida Newton has written two highly acclaimed historical novels, 'Death of a Whaler' and 'The Lambing Flat', and taught research skills and creative writing courses and workshops. She is currently working on a family mystery, 'The Magician's Daughter' set against the backdrops of WWII Germany and modern-day Australia and Paris

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  5. Tim Baker has been a newspaper journalist, a surf magazine writer and editor, a biographer of surfing legends and a teller of great surfing tales. His round-Australia, travel memoir, 'Surfari', was published in 2011. He doesn't want a real job, he just wants to "write, surf and play music".
    Tim Baker helped us launch Literati 2012 with his lunchtime session about chasing your dreams.

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