James Phelan is the Melbourne-based award-winning and bestselling author of twenty-seven novels and one work of non-fiction. He has been a full-time author since 2006, and through his publishers Hachette and Scholastic he has sold over four million copies world-wide. From his teens he wanted to be a novelist but first tried his hand at a “real job”, studying and working in architecture before turning to writing, spending five years at The Age newspaper, and obtaining an MA (Writing) and PhD (YA literature). He has written five geo-political thrillers featuring ex-Australian Navy operative turned investigate reporter Lachlan Fox, the Alone trilogy of YA post-apocalyptic novels, andThe Last Thirteen adventure series for Middle Grade readers. He is currently working on the Jed Walker series of suspense thrillers.