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Chris Morphew


Chris Morphew was born in Sydney in 1985. He spent his childhood drawing comic books and writing stories about dinosaurs and time machines.

During high school, Chris read a lot of YA science fiction, and his collection of all fifty-four Animorphs books still has pride of place on his bookshelf. After school, Chris did a short stint as a primary school teacher – definitely the second-best job in the world – and then started writing for kids and young adults. His experiences as a teacher, combined with those formative high school years, have resulted in unintentional invaluable research for his writing.

In 2008 under the Zac Power author pseudonym H.I.Larry, Chris wrote the first 4 titles in the smash-hit Zac Power Mega Missions series. He has since written a total of 12 Zac Power books. The successful ingredients of Zac Power – action, suspense and edge-of-your-seat excitement – combine with heart-stopping plot twists that you won’t see coming in his own 6 title series, The Phoenix Files.

This transfixing thriller series tells the gripping story of three teenagers who uncover a plot to wipe out the entire human race. The Phoenix Files: Arrival was released in June 2009 and each subsequent release has increased his readership. Many fans are anxiously awaiting the release of the fourth book in the series, The Phoenix Files: Underground, this coming May.

Chris still lives in Sydney and divides his time between writing and casual teaching. He remains a sci-fi junkie to this day, and believes there is no movie so great that it couldn’t be improved with the addition of a spaceship.

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