Cecilia was discovered, as a baby, in a wooden lifeboat that washed ashore on the rugged coastline of a remote isle in the southern oceans, between Australia and Antarctica. She spent her early years on Si-Sique Island, raised with the family of the lighthouse-keeper, Albert Ross, who found and adopted her. . . Her origins could not be traced. Who were her parents? Had they been drowned in a boating accident? Where had she come from? Was she of noble blood? Did she have hidden magical powers? Alas, no answers could be found. Cecilia flourished like a rare orchid on that windswept isle, where her favourite hobby was writing stories. Eventually, wishing to gain an honours degree in Sociology at Monash University, Cecilia departed – not without regret. After obtaining her degree she was 'discovered' on the Internet when she posted some of her work to an Online Writing Workshop. An editor contacted her by email, and within a few weeks Time Warner U.S.A. had signed Cecilia in a six-figure deal. They published her first trilogy, THE BITTERBYNDE, in hardcover - the first time they have ever done so with a new author. Cecilia now lives with her husband on mainland Australia, where she writes full-time, supports animal rights, and is fascinated by digital media. Her second series, THE CROWTHISTLE CHRONICLES, is being published world-wide. Meanwhile her first series has been translated into several languages and is distributed throughout more than seventy countries. Cecilia’s life alternates between seen and unseen worlds of vivid strangeness, beauty, peril and passion. Like most authors she writes her own ‘short biographies’, and some people might say that for her the boundaries between virtuality and reality are blurred. That is for the reader to decide. Suffice to say, not all implausible fairytales are devoid of a grain of truth.
Recently published - Weatherwitch: The Crowthistle Chronicles Book 3 (2006) Fallowblade: The Crowthistle Chronicles Book 4 (2007)
|Fri||1600||Writing Non-Human Characters||It's difficult for humans to think past themselves sufficiently to create something that's more alien than an athropomorphized Gila monster or a psychic tarantula. How do we make non-human characters alive and real without making them copies of ourselves? How do we avoid cliches?||Amy THOMSON, Cecilia DART-THORNTON, G. David NORDLEY, Candas Jane DORSEY|
|Sat||1200||Class-Based Societies in F&SF||Why do so many writers create a world with class politics, a hereditary rulership and limited social mobility? Should a democratic citizen write glowingly of kings? Is it appropriate to do so in SF set in the far future (Is Damon Knight right to criticize A.E. van Vogt)?||Cecilia DART-THORNTON, Edward JAMES, Heidi LYSHOL, Grania DAVIS|
|Sun||1200||Celtic and British Influenced SF and Fantasy||Celtic and British myth and culture have profoundly influenced English-language fantasy. How much influence has it had on fantasy in other languages?||Kari MAUND, Cecilia DART-THORNTON, Maura MCHUGH|