Marianne Curley was born in Windsor, NSW, Australia, and lived on a property hugging the Hawkesbury River until a flood washed away the family home when she was five. Her family eventually moved to a farm on the outskirts of Sydney called Plumpton, and with no close neighbours, Marianne soon discovered her love of books. Marianne has worked as a legal stenographer and teacher of adult education. She undertook writing courses, experimenting with different styles and techniques. She soon found writing for young adults the most challenging and satisfying.
Marianne began her writing career while raising her young family in Coffs Harbour, NSW, an idyllic environment where she lived for twenty years. Today she lives on a mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland, where, surrounded by rainforests and stunning views, she is continuing with her writing career after a serious battle with cancer and a fall which left her with several broken vertebra. Now Marianne’s children are all grown and left home, and while they still inspire her writing, they have become her first-readers, giving her their invaluable critiques.
Marianne’s first four novels, Old Magic, The Named, The Dark and The Key, have been published by Bloomsbury Publishing in Australia, NZ, the UK, and the USA, with translations into more than a dozen foreign languages. They have won numerous awards, and reached sales in excess of half a million prior to their publisher releasing them as e-books.
An International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choice 2004
A “Recommended Read” Red House Children’s Book Award 2003
A “Recommended Read” in the WAYRBA – West Australian Young Reader’s Book Awards 2005
An International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choice for 2005
A Junior Library Guild Selection 2005
An International Reading Association’s Teacher’s Choice for 2005
An International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choice for 2004
In 2004 doctors diagnosed Marianne with a form of bone marrow cancer called Myelofibrosis, informing her that she had only a short time to live. But after a stem-cell bone marrow transplant using her sister’s cells, she began to recover. Marianne has now been cancer free for nine years and is back writing as strong as ever.
Marianne’s new series is a trilogy called The Avena Series, also known as Hidden Novels. Her publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing, released the first novel in the trilogy, called Hidden, in March 2013 and the second, Broken, in March 2014. The third is called Fearless and will be released in the UK, the USA and Marianne’s homeland Australia in July 2015.