publicity 2Hmm. You really want to know, huh?

Well, here’s the official version…

Michelle Marquardt lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, writer and editor Bill Congreve, and their two children. She works as a veterinarian.

Her first novel ‘Blue Silence’ (Random House), won the George Turner Prize and was shortlisted for the Aurealis and Ditmar awards. She was co editor of ‘The Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy’ volumes one to four (Mirrordanse Books). The second volume in the series won a Ditmar Award and Volume Four was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award.

She occasionally writes a short story, the most recent of which appeared in the anthology ‘One Small Step’ (Fablecroft Publishing). It was also podcast on Starship Sofa.


I’m a Sydney girl who, a couple of years ago, swapped the city for an old weatherboard cottage, a big garden and more time for writing and family.  We have an appallingly behaved cat, several very vocal guinea pigs and a collection of ancient fruit trees. My current hobbies include hunting snails at night with a torch and hosing the parrots out of the pear tree.

After taking a life-induced break from writing for a few years,  I’m now working on three novels, which is doing my head in.