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Biography

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Award-winning author Garth Nix took the fantasy world by storm with the publication of his second young adult novel, Sabriel, in 1996. A native of Australia, Nix was born in Melbourne in 1963 and eventually settled in Sydney. He put his bachelor's degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra to good use, working as a sales representative, publicist, and senior editor in the publishing field. He also worked in a bookstore, served four years in the Australian Army Reserve, and established a marketing agency. Nix has focused solely on his writing since 1998. His background in the Australian Army Reserve adds a dose of realism to the border scenes and fighting in Sabriel.

According to Nix, his hobbies include "fishing, bodysurfing, collecting books of all kinds, reading, films, writing and lunch." In the "How I Write" section of his website, Nix says his ideas "stem from a single image or thought that lodges in [his] brain and slowly grows into something that needs to be expressed." His idea for Sabriel came from a photograph of Hadrian's Wall. Using a Waterman fountain pen, Nix writes his first draft in longhand in small, easy-to carry notebooks. When he types his second draft on the computer, he makes revisions as he goes.

Sabriel won Best Fantasy Novel and Best YA Novel in the 1995 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, and was nominated for an Australian fan award the same year. It is an American Library Association Notable Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a LOCUS magazine Recommended Fantasy novel. The New York Public Library listed it as a Book for the Teen Age in 1997, and VOYA: The Voice of Youth Advocates listed it with the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Six states in the United States short-listed it for awards.

Biography

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. He grew up in Canberra, the federal capital of Australia. When he finished secondary school, he traveled in Europe for several years. In 1983 he returned to Australia where he enrolled at the University of Canberra in a professional writing program. He also joined the Australian Army Reserve. After graduating from the university in 1986, Nix worked for several years in the publishing industry, eventually becoming a senior editor with a large publisher in 1991. In 1993, Nix quit his job as an editor to travel in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He returned to Sydney in 1994, and began working for a public relations firm. In 1996, with two partners, he started his own public relations company—Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd.

In January 1998 Nix stopped working actively at Gotley Nix Evans and wrote full time until May 1999 when he also began to work part-time as a literary agent for Curtis Brown, Australia's largest literary agency.

Biography

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Award-winning author Garth Nix is a developing power in the world of fantasy. A native of Australia, Nix was born in Melbourne in 1963 and eventually settled in Sydney. He put his bachelor's degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra to good use, working as a sales representative, publicist, and senior editor in the publishing field. In addition, Nix worked in a bookstore, served four years in the Australian Army Reserve, and established a marketing agency.

In 1997, Nix met his future wife, Anna, just as he left his day job to focus solely on his writing. They met again at a dinner...

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