2020 Snapshot: Meg Caddy

Meg Caddy is a short, nerdy, bespectacled D&D geek. She lives with three rescue cats and an ever-expanding bookshelf. Her first book, Waer, was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize and the 2017 CBCA Children’s Book Awards, and her second novel Devil’s Ballast was shortlisted for the Readings YA Prize.

1 Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

My most recent publication was my second novel, Devil’s Ballast, a YA adventure novel about the pirate Anne Bonny. I’ve always been mad for pirates, and there are so many unlikely, entrancing, strange elements of Anne’s life that drew me in. I spent years researching pirates, did an Honours thesis on piracy, travelled to the Bahamas, the USA, and London, and interviewed some of the world’s best pirateologists to research her life and crimes. It’s an angry little book, full of revenge and freedom.

My current project is based in 18th century London. It’s early stages yet, but we certainly haven’t heard the end of Anne Bonny.

2. What has been the best publishing or SF community experience of your career so far?

I’m still at the beginning of my career, and I’m fortunate to have had some amazing SF and publishing experiences so far. In Perth the community is small and tight-knit and very kind. Most memorably, I have had two mentorships with Juliet Marillier, who has always been one of my favourite authors. She is wise and good right to her core, and her gentle advice was what I needed when I was just starting out in the industry. I was fifteen for our first mentorship, and I can honestly say it has shaped much of my life to this point.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

I’m a YA girl at heart, so that’s where I tend to read and there is a real wealth of YA scifi and fantasy out at the moment. I have a particular fondness for Hive and Rogue by AJ Betts, which are so quiet and careful and full of heart. I cried in both of them, and I know I’ll cry again on a re-read. 

Outside of the YA realm, I can’t go past Juliet Marillier’s books, which take up several whole shelves in my library. Her newest Warrior Bards book is out August 1!

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