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Tania Walker is an emerging author of fantasy, science fiction and post-apocalyptic speculative fiction. She lives in Tasmania with her husband and a small black cat, her only concession to the fact that at any other time in history she would have been burned at the stake by now. Writing for young adults is her favourite: it’s pure storytelling minus the boring adult nonsense.

Her short fiction has been published in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine and in audio form at Podcastle, won the Helen Hodgman Creative Writing Prize, and received an honourable mention in the Writers of the Future awards. She has a Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing, and a B Arts in English specialising in Creative Writing.

Read or listen to Tania’s short story, Lapis Lazuli, here.

Tania’s post-apocalyptic YA novel, The Blade and the Bow, won the inaugural Erica Bell Mentorship Award and a Gerlach Grant. She is seeking representation for the finished manuscript, which was rewritten and edited with the assistance of bestselling fantasy author Lian Tanner and editor Matt Turano.

The Blade and the Bow

(YA post-apocalyptic fiction; near-future tech; Australian setting. 105,000 words.)

Jenolan: it’s a high-tech shelter hidden deep in a tangle of ancient caves. After centuries of isolation, it’s also a breeding cult. And it’s home – the only home Tag Tailor has ever known.

Tag is a saboteur, spared death only by the cleverness of her sister Sale. Banished, what she finds in the world above is far from the barren icy nightmare her Keepers promised. Now she’ll do anything to set her sister free in return. But to do that, Tag will need to get her hands on the only Key that ever made it out of Jenolan. That Key is held by the powerful Magpie Lor, who wants nothing in the world more than what Tag alone possesses: the location of Jenolan’s door.