Thrilled to be short listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) for my first rural novel, The Bark Cutters. The Bark Cutters along with four other works ranging from biography to cooking, is shortlisted for the 2011 Newcomer Award (Debut writer). I also learnt on thursday that A Changing Land reached #1 on the Australian Fiction List during its first month of release-March 2011. Exciting times!  For a full listing of 2011 ABIA finalists please visit