Hi, I’m Marianne Curley. I’m an Australian author who writes Young Adult paranormal fiction. In 2000 my first book, Old Magic, was published by Bloomsbury UK and translated into a dozen foreign languages. Next came my trilogy, The Guardians of Time, beginning with The Named, published in 2001, The Dark in 2003 and The Key in 2005. These three books were translated into many international languages too.
In March 2004, just after I had finished the revisions for The Key, my career came to a staggering halt when I was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis - bone marrow cancer. I needed a stem-cell bone marrow transplant immediately as my bone marrow had all but turned to scar tissue and I was not producing any new blood. Fortunately, my sister’s stem cells were a perfect match and after months of treatment at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, NSW, I was able to return home and pick my life up again.
The transplant was successful, but as I began to improve I had a fall onto my back, and because chemotherapy had weakened my bones, I sustained a crush fracture of several vertebrae. Over those next few months I lost seven inches in height, but fortunately my spinal cord remained strong.
I could never give up on writing and desperately wanted to reach the same or higher standard than my four earlier published books that now felt were from another lifetime. In the years following I wrote two manuscripts that were not of publishable standard, but today, eight years later, I am cancer-free, I walk with only the assistance of a cane, and have a new series – a trilogy called The Avena Series. Bloomsbury Publishers are publishing in Australia, the UK and the US.
Hidden, is the first title in The Avena Series, and tells the story of Ebony, an angel abducted at birth and raised to believe she is a human girl. But in her heart Ebony knows she is different. How different is what she will discover. It all starts when she meets Jordan, a boy who is given a second chance at a new life, and the beautiful angel Nathaneal, who has been searching for Ebony his whole life. Hidden is out now and Broken, the second book in The Avena Series, will be released in March/April 2014.
All the best