Charlotte Calder was born in Adelaide, and grew up in the Adelaide Hills and Darwin, the setting for her first novel, Settling Storms. In past lives she has worked, among other things, as a photographer and an actor. (The creative process used in acting is very similar to that used in writing fiction – namely getting into an exact moment, and also into the skin of a character.) She lives with her husband and the youngest of their three children near Orange in the Central West of NSW, where they are among the few residents of their neighbourhood who don’t have a vineyard!
Charlotte’s subsequent YA novels include Cupid Painted Blind, a blend of teen romance, the internet and Shakerspeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Surviving Amber. The latter deals with the clash of culture and personalities when two wildly different cousins are forced to live together, and is set on Kangaroo Island, where she spent nearly every summer holiday for the first thirty five years of her life.
Her latest book is The 12th Dog published in March of 2016. It is a story which captures the fun of backyard cricket and the amusement that goes hand in hand with owning a dog that never gives up the ball.
Charlotte enjoys giving talks and workshops to children of all ages, and also to adults.
Agnes Nieuwenhuizen: A beautifully assured, engaging first novel – delightful and absorbing. (Settling Storms)
Magpies: Calder manages her cast of characters with a deft hand and an eye for the vagaries of young people of the cusp of adulthood. (Surviving Amber)
Reading Time: Calder has, with a keen ear for contemporary teenage language, tapped into the heartaches, embarrassments and anxieties of adolescent relationships … a satisfying and fast-paced read. (Cupid Painted Blind)