Published on 10 January 2014
A University of the Sunshine Coast Creative Writing graduate who landed a two-book deal with one of Australia’ s biggest publishers is celebrating the release of her first crime fiction novel, Hades.
Candice Fox, who completed her USC Creative Writing Honours degree in 2010, last year won the contract with Random House Australia for national and international publication of two books.
Hades, launched in December, is now available at bookstores and Big W. The Random House website describes it as a dark, compelling and original thriller about two detectives and a serial killer – “the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction”.
Ms Fox, 28, who now lives in Sydney where she lectures in writing while studying a PhD at the University of Notre Dame, said the publishing deal was a lifelong ambition that USC helped her achieve.
“USC lecturers were instrumental in my early writing career and I owe a great deal to USC as a whole,” she said.
Raised in Sydney, Ms Fox moved to the Sunshine Coast in her early 20s and gained a double degree in Arts and Education at USC before starting Honours.
USC Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr Ross Watkins, who was Ms Fox’s Honours supervisor, said it was clear that his student’s writing had great potential for commercial appeal.
“It’s fabulous to see that come to fruition with Random House,” he said.
Ms Fox, who has almost finished the first draft of her sequel, Eden, said the publication process had been longer and more complex than she imagined.
“I’m awed by the electric excitement of seeing something that was once an idea now an object to be bought and enjoyed,” she said.
“I wasn’t prepared for all the book-hungry fans who have popped up (online) from around the globe who are happy to hear about a stranger’s success and eager to get a bit of good old Aussie crime in their lives.”
She is currently doing a promotional radio tour for Hades.
— Julie Schomberg