Author Profile - Edwina Shaw

Author of: Thrill Seekers (Shades 2.0 series), In the Dark of Night (Breakouts series).

Ever since her brother started hearing voices, Edwina Shaw has been fascinated by the workings of the human mind. Thrill Seekers is based on her brother’s battle with schizophrenia and was shortlisted for the 2012 NSW Premier’s UTS/Glenda Adam’s award for new writing in Australia.

Edwina has kept a journal since her late teens and started writing fiction inspired by these in 2002. Her second novel, Child of Fortune, is loosely based on her experiences working in Cambodia in the mid 1990’s while the Khmer Rouge waged its last terrorist attacks, kidnapping and killing foreigners. It was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon/Penguin US Breakthrough Novel Award.

She has also had several short pieces published in Australian and international literary journals and last year was included in 2014 Best Australian Short Stories (Black Inc.)

Edwina has a background in education: from teaching maths in a Juvenile Justice Centre, to working with students with disabilities in special schools, opening a language school in Cambodia, and teaching English to refugees in Australia. Currently she earns a living teaching writing and yoga. The worst job she ever had was selling dagwood dogs in Sideshow Alley, closely contested by her long stint as a house cleaner.

She is passionate about mental health, women’s issues, yoga, travel, and most of all, about story as a tool for healing and compassion. She lives happily in Brisbane with her husband and children, possums, bush turkeys, kookaburras, and the occasional python.

You can find her at
Twitter: @EdwinaShaw1


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