Portrait of John Marsden

John Marsden

John Marsden has published more than 40 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and mostly for the teenage market. His latest novel, The Year My Life Broke (2013), is for younger readers, and has already been reprinted three times. John is Principal of Candlebark school, near Romsey Victoria.

John started getting serious about writing in Grade 4, thanks to the influence of his teacher at Devonport primary school, Tasmania. By Grade 6 John was writing and illustrating novels for his friends. They were mostly about war and/or murder.

However, he was 37 before he wrote a book which he thought had a chance of getting published. So Much to Tell You, his first novel, won the 1988 Children’s Book of the Year Award. Since then John has written or edited more than 40 books, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

John is best known as the author of the Tomorrow series, which begins with Tomorrow, When the War Began.

John is now in his ninth year as Principal of Candlebark, a P-10 school he founded on 1100 acres of native bush near Romsey, Victoria.