Marianne Curley

Official Biography

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.

Awards
The Named
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

The Dark
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

Old Magic
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 is (hopefully) scheduled for release in March 2015. All three novels are published in Australia, NZ, the UK, the USA and the Czech Republic.

33 thoughts on “Official Biography

  1. Eli Barber says:

    Dear Ms Curley,
    I really loved your Guardians of Time series. However, I thought The Key ended in the worst possible way and you really need a fourth book in the series. My library only has three books in the series and if you have a fourth please tell me and if you don’t then please write one because there are hundreds of questions left unanswered like: What happens to Dillon and Ethan? Where will Keziah go now? If Lathenia is dead, what will the guard do now? Please reply.

    I’m also writing a book and am planning to have it published. I live in Queensland and I homeschool. I am in grade six and when I finish my book i’ll make sure either all the questions of it are answered or I write another book to follow it. Also, I have autism so i may think differently from other people. I hope you won’t be offended by my comments.

    Regards,
    Elijah Barber

    • Hi Elijah, I completely agree that I should have written a fourth book. It was the year I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and had to put aside my plans to write the fourth book. In fact, any books. It took me eight years to recover and bring my writing back up to a publishing standard. I am sorry the ending of The Key was not all that you had hoped. Good luck with your own writing career.

  2. Eli Barber says:

    Ok that’s fine. I was just thinking that you may have forgotten, that’s all. Thanks!
    Hope you don’t give up writing because of that cancer.

    From Elijah

    • Hi Elijah

      Thanks for writing to me. I won’t ever give up writing, I promise you. And my cancer is gone, thanks to my sister who gave me her beautiful stem cells.

      Take care of yourself.
      Marianne

  3. Victoria Terrazas says:

    Do you think you will ever write a novella after the Guardians of Time trilogy just to get closure on a few questions that were left unanswered?? Like maybe a 20 years in the future epilogue? They are fantastic and I want to know more! :) hope all is well!

    • Hi Victoria, I had hoped to return to the Guardians of Time with a fourth book, but unfortunately that year I became very ill and years passed before I could return to writing and build my writing skills up to the level they were when I wrote The Key. It took time. And I was reluctant to touch that trilogy if my writing skills were not up there. Thank you for your suggestion, it really is a good idea and I will keep it in mind.

  4. Adriana Vázquez says:

    Hi Ms Curley,
    When I was a 14 year old girl , my cousin told me to read an amazing book she had read, that book was “The named” and I felt in love with your history.

    I’m writing you from Spain, and now I’ve 24 years old, maybe sounds weird but I always wanted a film of The Guardians of Time… Have you ever think about it?

    Thank you for your beautiful imagination, and for your attention,
    thankfully people like you, I can grow up showing my little cousins to believe in other worlds, paranormal things and magic :)

    Best regards and a big hug,
    Adriana

    • Hi Adriana

      Thank you for your lovely message. It’s not easy having a film made of your own books. My specialty is writing them, but The Guardians of Time has had interest from Hollywood film companies. There was an option taken out by Warner Bros to make a TV series but it didn’t eventuate. Another company wanted to make major motion pictures, but unfortunately, a mix-up and miscommunication occurred and they lost interest. But maybe one day it will happen and I will be the first to let everyone know!

  5. Eli Barber says:

    Dear Marine,

    Remember me? Well, since everyone seems to be talking about the fourth book of the guardians of time series or a guardians of time movie and I would really like to help anywhere I can, I’ve taken it into account to possibly start the basics for a The Named movie and if you are having trouble with with writing I could take over if you wanted. Just a suggestion though.

    From Elijah

  6. Suzanne says:

    Dear Marianne,
    I have been reading your Avena series and am thoroughly enjoying them. Tonight I was reading Broken, where Gabriel chases the demon force to ‘Alice Springs’ and I thought that the author must be a fellow Australian! After a quick google search, I discovered you were. Anyway, congratulations, they are a truly enjoyable romp. Well done. Keep up the good work.
    Suzanne

  7. Hi Suzanne

    Yes, I am a fellow Australian and proud to be. I have set all my books in Australia, with the exception of part of my first called Old Magic. That has a time travel theme which includes a trip to Medieval England. Thanks for the encouragement and wonderful comments for the Avena Series.

    Marianne

  8. Erin says:

    Hi!

    I’ve been a fan for so long, I don’t know where to begin! I do remember sending you an email a long time ago, but I think that was during the time you were sick and couldn’t (understandably) respond. I’m so glad to hear you’re better!

    I haven’t actually been on your website for many years, and I just recently looked through my bookshelf and remembered I had The Guardians of Time trilogy and Old Magic. I actually recommended it to my friend just recently and she’s fallen in love with them!

    This is so weird because for the longest time, I’ve been waiting to hear about a new book from you, and it seems you’ve started a whole new set of books!! It seems like not long ago, my sister had to order the UK version of “The Key” because it wasn’t out in the States yet. And my sister went crazy waiting to hear about a new book.

    Just wanted to say that I’m still a fan, and I’ve recommended you to all my friends who love to read (by the way, they all LOVED the Guardians of Time trilogy). I think my books are so worn out that that’s why the pages are falling out. ;)

    Again, so happy to hear you’re better!

    Erin

    • Hi Erin

      It’s wonderful to hear from you and thank you for recommending my books to so many people! That’s awesome of you. I’m doing really well with my health now, thanks to my amazing sister for her healthy bone marrow stem-cells. It’s so good to be writing again, and better still to have a new series coming out. I’m working on the edits for the final novel of my new trilogy, and then I’ll be starting a whole new series.

      It’s great to be back!

      Marianne

  9. Ashley says:

    Hey, Marianne!

    I’m a HUGE fan of your books, specifically the Guardians of Time Trilogy. I fell in love when I was around thirteen years old and I am now eighteen and am currently re-reading The Dark again. They bring me back to a place where I was completely happy and imaginative. My friends and I are always fighting over Arkarian, and crying over Rochelle, and being in love with Ethan’s heroism and bravery. All I can say is, this series has made me want to be a writer and I always go back to it for inspiration. I know many people have already said they have wanted a fourth book, which I completely agree with, I can’t but think they are perfect the way that they are. I’m really looking forward to reading your new books! Thanks for everything!

    Ashley

    • Hi Ashley
      Thank you for your message. It made my day, especially for your opinion on the ending of the Guardians of Time. I had wanted to write a fourth book, but as most people would know, I got seriously ill just before The Key was published and found myself in hospital trying to read the final copy edits and ended up asking my sister-in-law to read them for me. It was eight years before I was published again. So it is heartening to hear you say you think they are perfect the way they are. Thank you. Good luck with your writing, I wish you the best.

  10. Hannah says:

    Dear Marianne;

    Oh wow, okay. It’s a little harder than I thought to actually be typing this with the possibility of a reply. As it’s obvious with most people here, the Guardians of Time Trilogy was a fan favorite. I fell head over heels after the first sentence. It easily became an inspiration/muse to my friends and I. We like to believe it was the start of our writing adventures. Still to this day; six year later, I find myself going back to them when I’m lost or needing inspiration for my writing, or really even in life. It’s amazing to think even years later I still find such admiration for the well-rounded characters in all your books. Even the minor ones seem to be grounded into the story perfectly. After finishing the series, we found your website and saw there was another book you had written previously; Old Magic. Scrambling to find, purchase and read it, it soon became just as cherished to us as your GoT Trilogy. We were extremely excited upon the news of your newest Trilogy after your hiatus, which I’ve read above was for a very good reason, due to your health. I’m glad to hear that you’re better and back with writing. As much as I know we’d all love a fourth book or even a short afterwards, I kind of enjoy the mystery The Key had left everything on. It goes to show that not always is the whole story told, or figured out. Though, if you were to write a fourth book, you wouldn’t find me complaining. The series was amazing, laughing when the characters laughed, gasping in moments of suspense, and yes; eventually crying (Or even some sobbing). I always recommend this book to anyone and everyone, even though I read it back at the age of thirteen, and now being twenty. It still makes me just as excited when reading, and still finding small surprises I didn’t notice the first, second, or even the tenth time with reading them.

    Sincerely a forever fan;
    Hannah

    Ps. We’re birthday buddies (day wise anyways).

    • Dear Hannah
      You have brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your heartfelt words, expressing your love and the history of your relationship with my GoT Trilogy. I often still think about the characters myself. It’s always hard to know when is the right time to finish a book. You take advice but the ultimate decision is your own because you’re the one who knows the characters and what more they can give. I’m excited to hear my writing inspired your writing. Two of my readers from Spain have said the same and now they are both huge YA writers in their home country and communicate with me often about their successes. It’s a wonderful and humbling feeling to inspire someone’s career. Please feel free to keep me informed of your successes. Good luck, and I’m honoured to be birthday buddies. It’s a good date!
      All the best
      Marianne

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  12. Shay Marie says:

    Hello!

    My name is Shay Marie. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    4 years ago I was suffering through a lonely, depressing stretch where I had nothing but books as friends. As such, I happened across the Guardians of Time series in my school library and decided to give it a go.
    To be honest, I was scared at first! Seeing as I was merely a seventh year student, making me 11 years old, the thought of a man killing a little girl was traumatizing, yet captivating. An amazing prologue. I kept reading, and fell in love with character after character, chapter after chapter, word after word.. I came to love every aspect of the Named, and after a short short day I checked out the next book and continued the adventure.

    Your books brought me to a place of happiness, a place of escape. Reading them made me joyous, and I craved every second I could lay my eyes on the books pages. I still do, even though this time around, it will be my sixteenth time reaading them. I relate to Isabel on an emotional level, and reading about her and Ethan and Matt and Arkarian… It’s thrilling, uplifting, and sensational.

    This series literally saved my life. Time after time, in fact. When I first read them, I was thinking of taking my life. But I stuck around to finish the book. And then the series. And I cried when I finished them. They were just so perfect, and there was nothing more to keep me around. Then, I realized I couldn’t go just yet! I needed a movie! (Haha!) But really, I realized that there was a lot more to life than what I had/have. And your books provide the imagination I need to explore what I’m missing. Which is why I read them so often, even to this day.

    I enjoyed the books so much my librarian secretly took them off the schools online list and gave them to me, so I could take them home and own them. I owe her one for that. She was magnificent.

    To this day I still refer back to Angel Falls and the tale that took place. I read the books whenever I feel alone, or upset, or depressed. They are my favourite series, next to Harry Potter. Though in the end, if I could only read one I would choose the Guardians of Time without hesitation. I thrive on the thought of a movie being made, hoping one day I can fulfil my dream of being an actor through the role of Isabel. I’d even do it for no pay! The story is so amazing, I’m sure the movie’s would boom. I wish more people would take the time to experience the amazing thrill of the chase you provide in your writing.

    But, I can’t quite say that. I’d be a hypocrite. I’m quite selfish when it comes to my three scarred and beaten copies of the Named, the Key, and the Dark. I hardly mention them to anyone, scared that the person to read them will somehow ruin and/or expose my happy place. I keep the books hidden when I have company at my home. Only select friends have ever been given information about Ethan and Isabel and the rest of the crew, and only one has ever touched and read the books. She’s lucky! In my perspective, to read this series is to be blessed with a whole new world, another life. Another adventure! And a great one at that.

    Anyway, I’m rambling. I’m really on here to thank you for the wonderful gift you have given me. And anyone else lucky enough to read your books. For me, personally, you blessed me with hope, love, adventure, and light. I’m not sure how to explain all of that, but I hope you understand it. I’ll forever be in your debt, because you saved my life. I most assuredly will be looking into your other works soon, after I re-finish reading the books. I’m halfway done the second already. So it shouldn’t be too long. I also thought to mention, I love your writing style. It’s one of a kind, and the odd time I do write I base my style off yours. (Though, the Australian writing system is different than that of Canada, so I get in trouble in English class quite a bit! Whoops!)

    I hope one day the trilogy is turned into a screenplay. And if it is, and you ever need assistance in any way I would love to help. I’m skilled in may areas of the movie field. Of course, my heart goes to the role of Isabel. But even if I worked behind the scenes or in anything at all, I would be most thankful for the wonderful opportunity/experience. Though I shouldn’t actually be asking this! Aha! You’ve already granted me life and many aspects of it. I’m thankful enough already.
    (My offer still stands though! Ahaha. I would ADORE portraying Isabel!!! Please keep me in mind!) (I feel like such a git asking that. I’m sorry.)

    I hope you are having a wonderful day. Thank you again for everything. Your books mean the world to me, and I just wanted to let you know that and thank you for them.

    Sincerely,
    Shay Marie.

  13. Dear Shay Marie

    Mere words are not enough to express how your letter has moved me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so honest and for letting me know how my Guardians of Time novels have helped you through what was clearly an extremely difficult, dark and lonely time of your life. I sincerely hope you are in a much better place emotionally now.

    I understand exactly what you are saying, and maybe you are not the first to have your life touched by a character that you relate to from a book, I also had a lonely and depressed childhood, and was swept away by the books I read, one or two characters especially, but I’m thrilled and humbled that it was my characters, especially Isabel who touched your life and was able to keep you company during those hard times. And I couldn’t be more pleased that Isabel, Matt, Ethan and the rest of The Named crew still have the ability to sweep you away to a place where your mind is not weighed down by day-to-day stresses and anxieties. Thank you so much for telling me.

    As for a movie, the Guardians of Time has come close a few times to making it on the big screen, in fact it was almost turned into a TV series. I was sent the script for the pilot and it was really very good, but unfortunately for one reason or another they didn’t eventuate. So there is definitely cinematic appeal, and if anything transpires in the future I will most certainly let you know.

    And everyone else in the entire world!

    All the best
    Marianne

    • Hi Mehmoona,

      Yes, it would be amazing to see movies made, I’ll keep my fingers crossed, except when I’m writing, that maybe one day it will happen.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Marianne

  14. agrin says:

    hi Ms. Curley,
    I just finished the third book of the guardians of time “the key” ; and while I was at the 30 or so last pages of the book, I was reading as slow as I could because the thought of this book being the last book of the series made want to cry. I simply didn’t want to live in a world without them. whenever I read the books I would melt in to it and it was like I was a part of the adventure too. the love between Isabel and Arkarian, Ethan and Rochelle or matt and Neriah is so beautiful that I can’t get enough of it. so many people aren’t happy with the ending; well yeah it was really sad and I cried but not all the books have good endings right? there always is a need of sad tasting to make the book complete and that’s what you did.
    dear Ms. Curley I really am looking forward for a fourth book. there is just so many questions left and i’m sure that you can write the fourth book as good as the other three because you are a really strong writer. please write a fourth book pleaseeeeeeeeeeee, don’t disappoint your fans.

    hope all is good.
    Agrin.

    • Hi Agrin

      Thank you for your beautiful message. Hearing how my characters have touched your life brings joy to my heart. I also appreciate your take on the ending to The Key and hear your request for a fourth book loud and clearly. I will be finishing my new series – Hidden, Broken and Fearless, soon and will seriously think about it. I have a brief plot outline already prepared for a fourth book, which I couldn’t go ahead with at the time due to my battle with cancer, as I’m sure you’ve heard. I can’t make promises because my publisher would have to agree that it would be a good idea, but I live by the motto, never say never, anything is possible.

      All the best
      Marianne

  15. Hi

    I’m a huge fan of your Guardians of Time trilogy, having read the books about five times in as many years, even though I haven’t picked them up in a while. I even introduced one of my friends to the series. Sometimes I’ll find myself thinking about your characters and their world, and how realistic their personalities were and how awesome the series was. It’s a shame that more people don’t know about it, especially here in the U.S., since I can picture the story making the perfect movies! Your writing style is truly an inspiration to me. Thank you for writing such wonderful novels!

  16. Hi Jessica

    I certainly agree with you that it is a shame more people don’t know about my Guardians of Time books, especially in the U.S. More fans like yourself are needed to spread the word that there’s a good series out there. I think today word spreads through social media outlets such as facebook, book blog sites, Instagram, and those kinds of places. The good thing about a series like The Guardians of Time is that it doesn’t grow old. There has been interest from Hollywood producers on several occasions, but unfortunately these interests did not go far enough, but you never know what the future might bring.

    At the present time there is a young film company interested in making my first book Old Magic into a film. Maybe one day it will be The Guardians of Time’s turn. I’ll keep my fingers crossed – when I’m not writing, that is!

    Thanks for writing
    Marianne

  17. Dear Ms. Curley,
    Hello! My name is Angie, and I am a 15 year old sophomore in high school. I first discovered the Guardians of Time trilogy when I was about 12, and I just fell in love. I’ve re-read all three books each year after that, and it has impacted my life greatly. I want to be a writer myself, and to see such diversity and creativity in your books made me feel so very inspired! You’re one of my favorite authors, and I wanted to thank you for never giving up (:

    Have a lovely day!
    Angie

    • Hi Angie
      Thank you so much for telling me how much you have been moved by my Guardians of Time books. I promise you I will never give up writing. Truth be told, I don’t think I could! I’m almost finished the editorial revisions for Fearless, the third book in my Avena Series, which is just starting to come out in the US, and I’m beginning work on a new fantasy series for after that.

      All the best
      Marianne

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