Avan Judd Stallard is a country-born Australian who lives in northern Spain with his wife. His Spanish is so-so, but his English is really coming along.
Avan has recently published his first book of history with Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent. It is full of handsome maps, and tells a remarkable story across many centuries of Europeans imagining and exploring the southern hemisphere.
His novel Spinifex & Sunflowers 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). He is also the author of the action-adventure series, The French Bastard.
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 an academic editor when not writing the next story.