Author photo: Andrew McDonald

Caption: Me

Andrew McDonald is a Melbourne writer and author of books for young readers.

In 2009 he published his hilarious first middle-grade novel, The Greatest Blogger in the World, about a kid called Charlie who wants to use his blog to Be the Hero, Get the Girl and Save the Day.

Book cover: Son of Death by Andrew McDonald

Caption: My new book

Son of Death is his second novel, a black comedy about grim reaping, family responsibility and rock’n’roll. While working on this novel he took part in a Death Café (a popular social gathering that aims to demystify death), visited countless graveyards and crypts; watched some pretty gross documentaries about cadavers; and even wrote some of the book in a former funeral home in Melbourne’s inner north. Spooky!

Andrew has a degree in Media Studies and is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing course. He has worked in bookshops in Melbourne and London.

He is a regular presenter on the schools circuit and has appeared on panels and in workshops at the Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. In 2011 he was a co-judge of the Young Adult category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.