About

Annabel

About Me

I am the author of US bestseller Whiskey & Charlie (published in Australia as Whisky Charlie Foxtrot), digital interactive novel/app The Ark, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

My short fiction and non-fiction have been published in Southerly, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings and Review of Australian Fiction. 

I have been an invited guest, as panellist and chair, at Ubud Writers festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Perth Writers Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Australian Short Story Festival, Scribblers and regional festivals in Albany and Margaret River.

I hold a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University, and am an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow.

I teach creative writing for the Australian Writers Centre, and regularly run workshops at libraries and writers centres including Writers VIC and KSP Writers Centre.

I am currently working on Monkey See, an epic quest with a sci-fi twist featuring a monkey, an evil priestess and the mother of all tsunamis.

My Favourite Books

Like most writers, I’m an avid reader. I read mostly contemporary American fiction but I also enjoy a good modern-classic, a well-written sci-fi and an occasional psychological thriller. These are some of the books that really rock my world:

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Need Some Reading Recommendations?

I have something for everyone in my Top Tens lists.

Are You an Aspiring Writer?

If you’re interested in writing process, you might want to know how my novels came to be written and published, or you may enjoy these interviews with other writers. Along with five other writers, I also discuss many aspects of the writing life in the Writers Ask Writers series.

Connect with Me

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If you like my blog, or have enjoyed my books, please let me know. I’d love to hear what reading and writing mean to you. Contact me, or leave me a comment; this is how happy you’ll make me:

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    1. Oh, that’s hilarious Susanna because that chair doesn’t belong to me! My lovely girlfriend Eko who took my publicity shots for me brought some props with her and made my desk look a whole lot better than it usually does – the chair was one of them! I think it is a replica Eames chair – a thing of beauty indeed.

  1. Hi Annabel – firstly thanks for the ‘Plot your Novel’ course yesterday afternoon. I enjoyed the casual but effective give and take and I’m sure your techniques will help me line up my currently very undisciplined ducks. To help me get them in a row, I’d be grateful if you’d forward the working templates to my email address below.

    Thanks again & regards
    Peter Purchase
    * Congrats on your excellent web/blog page by the way.

  2. Dear Ms Smith,

    Our school, in Queensland, would like to purchase a copy of your work – The Ark – would you be in a position to advise the best manner in which to do so?

    Thank you in advance, we look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

    Faithfully

    Anthony Letizia
    School Librarian

  3. Our book club is going to be discussing Whiskey and Charlie this week (at my suggestion because I loved the book}! I appreciate having the reading group guide to help with the discussion but just wondered if there were any more questions/observations you could include for our “enlightenment.”
    Wish you could just come personally to our discussion. Now that would be special!
    Thank you for your consideration,

    1. Hi Janet, thank you for choosing W&C for your book club. It seems to be a fun one for book clubs to discuss, especially for those who have sympathy for Charlie and those who do not! I have a series on my blog called Journey to a Book which describes some interesting aspects of the writing and publication journey – I’m not sure if that would add another element to the discussion http://annabelsmith.com/?p=231

  4. Hi Annabel,
    Trying to trace a friend I worked with in Redfern NSW who married Peter, they had a daughter late 1965, she used tolive in Glebe, are you related? My name then was Wendy Cottrell, would love any news if you can, Many thanks

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