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 is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing course. He has worked for Readings bookshop in Melbourne and the flagship Foyles bookshop in London as a children’s bookseller. He currently sits on on the Victorian committee of the Australian Children’s Laureate program and intermittently volunteers with 100 Story Building – a centre for young writers in Melbourne’s inner-west.

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. He has previously judged the Young Adult category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Centre for Youth Literature’s Inky Awards.