In 12 years under various pen-names (since her
first publication in 1999 of a short murder mystery called Budgie Soup)
Anita has published 12 non-fiction titles,
6 long thrillers, 4 shorter novellas and well over 200 short stories, articles,
plays, poems and ballads. Of these:
Her 1st short story, Budgie
Soup, won the Penguin Award in the Scarlet Stiletto Crime Writers Awards,
Her 1st non-fiction article in
1999, A little Unlucky, about a foal called Lucky, who survived the
deadly disease tetanus, was published in Hoofbeats Magazine, where the publisher
remarked when she first saw it: "...didn't get a chance to read it until last
night, then I couldn't put it down! So hard to edit anything out. Three of us
had a go and we were all saying it's too good, we can't cut it (meaning shorten
the wordcount)…" so instead, they published it as a maxi-feature and themed the
rest of the magazine, including the cover, editorial and other articles around
Her 1st non-fiction, Your
Mortgage and How to Pay it off in Five Years (1999) won bestselling business
title of the year, and 2nd Overall Best-selling Australian Title of
the Year, and went on to become bestselling business title of the decade.
Her 1st novel, Crystal Coffin,
was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award in 2003.
Her 1st novella, Tagged by Dead
Dogs, a comedy/crime thriller for children, won the International Crime
Stoppers Award, 2003.
Her 1st 2 pocket books
for real estate and sharemarket jargon are both popular reference books in
public libraries (2008).
Her 1st comedy romance Killer
Smile, featured as the lead story in the international bestselling
collection “How do I love thee”
Her first childrens’ fantasy,
The Moon Serpent’s Garden, was commissioned by Pearson Education as a
student reference title (2010).
Her first adult fantasy, Diamond
Eyes, won the Prestigious 2011 Hemming Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy
Themes – and the sequel Hindsight also won the following year, making this
writer the first to win this top literary award more than once.
Age is no barrier to success.