The best fantasy stories don’t just introduce us to a bunch of new characters, they introduce us to whole new worlds. The endless possibilities this presents could be thrilling, or daunting, or both. Amie Kaufman (The Isles of the Gods), Lynette Noni (The Prison Healer) and Lili Wilkinson (A Hunger of Thorns) discuss their latest fantasy series, sharing how they construct worlds that are both compelling and believable, and how they establish and navigate these worlds without losing the reader.  In conversation with Nathan Luff.

Lynette Noni (Australian)

Lynette Noni

Australian author Lynette Noni studied journalism, academic writing, and human behaviour at university before venturing into the world of fiction. She is the #1 bestselling and award-winning author of The Medoran Chronicles, the Whisper duology, and The Prison Healer series, with her books being published in over 20 countries across the globe.

Amie Kaufman (Australian)

Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is The New York Times and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy whose multi-award-winning work has been translated into nearly 30 languages. Her latest book is The Isles of the Gods. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, she now lives by the sea in Melbourne with her family, and an extremely large personal library. You can learn more about Amie and subscribe to her monthly letter to readers at, or find her hosting her podcast.

Lili Wilkinson (Australian)

Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eighteen books for children and young adults, including After the Lights Go Out and The Erasure Initiative. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and established the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Her latest book is A Hunger of Thorns.

See Lili in On Creativity at Secondary School Days.

Nathan Luff (Australian)

Nathan Luff

Nathan Luff grew up on a farm in rural NSW as one of five boys. His colourful upbringing is often the inspiration for the stories he tells. Nathan is the author of The Nerd Herd series and the middle grade novel Bad Grammar. In addition to writing children’s books, Nathan writes plays for young audiences and works part time as a primary school teacher specialising in creative writing and the performing arts. Nathan’s latest middle grade series is Family Disasters.