Deb Kandelaars

My first novel Memoirs of a Suburban Girl was published by Wakefield Press in November 2011. I spent a magical week at Varuna in 2009 polishing this story in Eleanor's studio, sipping wine by the fire, talking to other writers, and being inspired by Peter Bishop. My week at Varuna was an integral part of my journey to publication, and a rare chance to spend real time writing without everyday distractions. Following my time at Varuna, I was shortlisted in the Adelaide Festival awards for an unpublished manuscript; and then came the excitement of publication, my book launch, and even a couple of good reviews. It's been an amazing time. I live in Adelaide with my family, and I have two or three ideas for something new, but I'm still trying to work out what to do next.