Dr Kelly Gardiner's latest book is Brimstone, the first in a time slip trilogy for young readers, The Firewatcher Chronicles. Her previous novel is 1917, a novel for young readers as part of Scholastic's 'Australia's Great War' series.
Her novel for adults, Goddess, is based on the remarkable life of the 17th-Century French swordswoman and opera singer, Julie d'Aubigny. It was the creative component of her doctoral project at La Trobe.
Her other books include The Sultan's Eyes and Act of Faith, historical novels for young adults set during the time of the English Civil Wars and the Spanish Inquisition. Both books were shortlisted and commended for a number of literary awards.
Her books for younger readers are the 'Swashbuckler' adventure trilogy - Ocean Without End, The Pirate's Revenge and The Silver Swan - and a picture book, Billabong Bill's Bushfire Christmas.
Kelly has worked on newspapers, magazines, and websites, and her features, book reviews and travel writing have appeared in magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Marie Claire, New Idea, and Australian Good Taste.
Her poems have been published in journals such as Southerly, Going Down Swinging, The Australian Women's Book Review, Mattoid and Veranda.