I grew up in the West Midlands, UK, in a tumbling-down Victorian house with secret rooms, a mysterious cellar, and a dangerous attic. My siblings and I were forever escaping cruel orphanages and wicked witches with the help of flying carpets and the magical ability to "bounce" to other worlds. We each had a tiny manual typewriter to tap out our imaginations, and drew reams of pictures and comic strips on the used computer paper our dad brought home from his lab. Fantasy works such as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Little Grey Men kept me enchanted, along with the Little House books and endless Enid Blyton tales of girls at boarding school.

We moved to Australia when I was a teenager, and around the same time I started reading what scant science fiction the school library had to offer. At uni, where I studied biology, the library was geared towards the classics, so that's what I read--back issues of Asimov's and Analog; the bright yellow Victor Gollancz hardbacks; stories by Isaac Asimov, Frederick Pohl, Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and other masters of the genre; and various, often dreadful, anthologies from the 40s, 50s and 60s. These stories transported me to other worlds as the fairytales of my childhood had. This taste for hard science fiction led me to the likes of Greg Bear and Gregory Benford, as well as to stories that focused on world-building and characters by Vonda McIntyre and others. I also love non-fiction, particularly in the field of biology--from Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins to a quick browse through Scientific American.

One science degree and many odd-jobs later, I accidentally ended up in the educational publishing industry, working as a textbook editor and project editor. On the side, for several years I was involved with Aurealis, Australia's science fiction and fantasy magazine, first as copyeditor with Dirk Strasser (editor) and then as associate editor with Keith Stevenson (editor) and Trudi Canavan (art director). This introduced me to the Australian science fiction community and inspired me to turn my scribblings into stories.

In 2005 I married American writer MC Planck and moved to Arizona, where I joined a local writing chapter and teamed up with a fantastic critique group. My debut novel Song of Scarabaeus was published in 2010 by HarperVoyager and was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and the Aurealis Award for Best SF Novel. The sequel Children of Scarabaeus came out a year later and was nominated for the Aurealis Award for Best SF Novel. In 2010 I moved back to Australia with my husband and baby daughter, and we now live in Melbourne.

I'm represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.
Check out various interviews I've done by viewing these blog entries.
I love hearing from readers and will write back as soon as I can. Email me at saracreasy@gmail.com

Sara Creasy: press bio

Sara Creasy grew up in a tumbling-down Victorian house in the West Midlands, UK, where she tapped out her first stories on a tiny blue typewriter. After moving to southeastern Australia as a teenager, her love of all things fantastical hooked her on science fiction. Meanwhile, in real life, a biology degree led to work as an editor in the educational publishing industry. She was associate editor of Australia’s science fiction and fantasy magazine Aurealis for several years, and her involvement with the SF community inspired her to write her first novel, Song of Scarabaeus (2010), which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and an Aurealis Award. The sequel Children of Scarabaeus (2011) was also nominated for an Aurealis Award. Marriage to an American resulted in a second intercontinental move, and she lived in Arizona for five years before returning to Australia with her husband and baby daughter in 2010. She now lives in Melbourne.

Agent: Kristin Nelson www.nelsonagency.com

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