Avan Judd Stallard is a country-born Australian who lives in northern Spain with his wife. Their small coastal hamlet is sandwiched between two beaches and a mountain in the province of Cantabria.
Avan has recently published his first book of history ANTIPODES: IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT with Monash University Press. It is full of handsome maps, and tells a remarkable story across many centuries of Europeans imagining and exploring the southern hemisphere.
He will soon be e-publishing the action–adventure novel MICHEL AND HENRY GO TO WAR, the 1st book in the ANDORRAN PRINCE series. His novel GUARD | PRISONER | REFUGEE will be published by Fremantle Press in 2018, a searing story of life behind the razor wire at an Australian refugee detention centre. The novel is inspired by his experiences working at Curtin detention centre as a guard (see here for more).
Detention centre guard is one of the many jobs Avan has dabbled at over the years. Others include Christmas tree delivery man, history lecturer, furniture removalist and teacher. However, he is most at home with words, and works as a professional academic editor when not writing the next story.