Bio

Darren 1

I am a Vancouver author and citizen of Canada, having moved from my native Australia in 2007. My novels include ‘Kindling’ and the highly acclaimed YA work, ‘Are You Seeing Me?’. My new novel, titled ‘Exchange of Heart’ in AUS/NZ, will be published July 31, 2017. In CAN/US, the book will be released October 17, 2017 under the title ‘Munro vs. the Coyote’.

I have appeared at literary events on both sides of the Pacific, including the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I have been a guest speaker, workshop/masterclass facilitator and writer-in-residence for literary organizations, writing groups, schools and libraries. I have penned feature articles for numerous print and online publications and was formerly a registered Mentor with the Australian Society of Authors. In 2016, I provided a guest lecture for the UBC Creative Writing Program.

For fun, I watch ‘American Ninja Warrior’ with my beautiful Canadian wife and eat at Fatburger with my wondrous fifteen year old twins.

Recognition

WINNER of the Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature (Australia), for Are You Seeing Me?, January 2016

Shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award (Australia) for Most Valuable Potential, August 2004

Official Selection in the ‘Books From Our Backyard: 100 Must-Read Books From Queensland’ Collection (Australia) for Most Valuable Potential, September 2006

Shortlisted (with brother Simon) in The Text Prize (Australia) for Concentrate, August 2009

Book of the Month, Booktopia (Australia) for Kindling, July 2010

Book of the Month, Notebook Magazine (Australia) for Kindling, August 2010

Selection in the ‘Best Reads of 2012′, Reading Rewards (Australia) for Kindling, December 2012

Selection in the ‘2014 Books of the Year’, Booktopia (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2014

Outstanding Selection in the ‘2015 Book Collection’, International Board on Books for Young Adults (IBBY) for Are You Seeing Me?, January 2015

Shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers Book of the Year for Are You Seeing Me?, April 2015

Shortlisted in the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult’s Literature (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, April 2015

Selection in the ‘Best Books for Young Readers’, ABA (Children’s Group) (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, September 2015

Shortlisted in the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, September 2015

Shortlisted in the PFP Children’s Peace Literature Award (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2015

Selection in the ‘White Raven’ Collection, International Youth Library (Germany) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2015

Shortlisted in the Governor General’s Literary Awards (Canada) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2015

Shortlisted in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, November 2015

Selection in the ‘Best of 2015 YA’, Cleaver Magazine (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, November 2015

Selection in the ‘Best Fiction for Young Adults’ Collection, YALSA (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2015

Selection in the ‘Best of 2015’, YA Books Central (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2015

Shortlisted in the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (Canada) for Are You Seeing Me?, March 2016

Shortlisted in the Western Australia Premier’s Book Awards (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, July 2016

Nominated for the Sakura Medal – English High School Books (Japan) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2016

 

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