About Thalia

Thalia grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Melbourne with a mum who tried to save battery hens by on-selling them as backyard chickens. Her dad worked as an industrial chemist while also growing strawberries, carrots and Christmas trees on the farm. It was not unusual to find plant shoots in the freezer, or the hair dryer missing because it was needed to heat one of her dad’s experiments. Thalia's childhood showed her the magic that can happen when science and nature combine with human creativity.

Thalia’s books have been sold into countries around the world including Brazil, the USA, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Germany and China. 

Her first venture beyond series writing was a collection of short stories called Head Spinners: six stories to twist your brain. One story in the collection, "It Began with a Tingle", was a finalist in the Children’s Fiction (told primarily though words) 2011 Aurealis Awards. 

These days, Thalia lives in regional Victoria with her husband, their two children and two black cats. Campbell Mattinson is a respected wine critic and award winning biographer who draws on literary techniques to bring his subjects to life. The two have spent years working in the same home office together.

The first two books in Thalia's time-travel series for young adults, The Lifespan of Starlight, are available in bookshops or online. The final instalment will be available in June 2018.

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Online interviews:

My Best Friends are Books

Australian SF Snapshot Project

Fostering the child within, Neos Kosmos

It's just a matter of time, Wangaratta Chronicle