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Fresh Voices

Meet some of our hottest debut authors!

At Penguin Random House, we’re all about hearing exciting new stories from fresh voices. With a focus on new authors, we’re celebrating 'Fresh Voices' to platform some of the biggest up-and-coming names in literature.

With so many debut authors offering up their individual writing styles, plotlines and insights, we can’t help but celebrate their amazing work. By spotlighting these fresh voices, we hope to introduce readers to new favourite works from the authors who will shape literature in Australia and beyond over the next few years.

Check out the featured authors on the slider below, and find related articles including Q&As, exclusive interviews, preview extracts, fun activities and more!

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Debut authors share what surprised them most about the publishing process

The Fresh Voices of 2023 look back on what they found most surprising when publishing their debut novels.

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The Days Toppled Over book club questions

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A letter to readers from the author of The Interpreter

Brooke Robinson shares how one article inspired her debut novel.

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Notes on Her Colour book club questions

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A meditation on home and belonging to read with your book club.

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What is a death doula?

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A charming rom-com to read with your book club.

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Go as a River book club questions

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Jessica Bull shares how she entered Jane Austen’s world while writing her debut novel

She took up a few new hobbies, including horseback riding, sewing and Georgian dance.

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Lottie Hazell shares how she came up with the idea for Piglet

Plus, the cosy fictional world she’d most like to live in.

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An interview with Ela Lee about her debut novel, Jaded

We caught up with debut author Ela Lee to learn about how she made time for writing while working full-time, her ‘big break’ into publishing and more.

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How a dream inspired Jessica Yu's debut novel

We caught up with Jessica Yu to learn more about her writing routine and the shortlist award that helped launch her career.

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Jessica Seaborn on inspiration, observation and navigating the publishing process

Debut author Jessica Seaborn shares a few things that helped her get her debut novel, Perfect-ish, published.

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Claire van Ryn shares her unique 3-step writing process

Plus, find out what inspired Claire's first novel and how her previous work experience helped her write The Secrets of the Huon Wren.

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How fanfic inspired sydney khoo to become an author

We chatted with sydney khoo about writing routines, fanfic, and how the Write It fellowship lead to their first book deal and debut novel, The Spider and Her Demons.

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How a Doctorate of Arts led Annette Higgs to her debut novel

The 2022 Penguin Literary Prize winner shares her unique method of writing On a Bright Hillside in Paradise.

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Breanne Mc Ivor shines light on the unique process of writing her debut novel

Find out how she was inspired by her experience as a makeup artist and woman living in modern Trinidad.

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Katie Bishop shares how ‘writing feels like home’

We caught up with Katie Bishop to learn more about her debut novel, The Girls of Summer. Find out how #MeToo inspired the novel and what it was like writing during Covid lockdowns.

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C.E. McGill shares the moment they realised they wanted to be an author

Plus find out how they turned a university project into a debut novel.

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Nick Bhasin intended to write a memoir. Here’s how it became his debut novel instead

Plus find out why he loves David Sedaris and what inspired him to become a writer.

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Emma Törzs shares why she's happy that her first novel was never published

Plus find out how her sister inspired Ink Blood Sister Scribe and what she’s looking forward to most about being published in 2023.

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A debut author’s insight on awards, genre and the publishing process

Darcy Tindale shares how submitting her writing to awards helped get her debut novel published.

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The unlikely way Kate Dramis found her literary agent

We asked debut author Kate Dramis about the publication of her first novel, The Curse of Saints. Read about her ‘fairy-tale’ submission experience, how she came up with the idea for the book and more.

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How one literary award changed everything for André Dao

The debut author talks about his writing process and how reading inspired him to become a writer.

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Costanza Casati, debut author, shares the one piece of advice she could give her past self.

Find out what books inspired this debut novelist, how she came up with the idea for ‘Clytemnestra’ and the number one thing she wishes she could go back and tell her younger self.

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Jenny Jackson's crazy writing schedule starts at 4:30 in the morning

We asked Jenny Jackson about her debut novel, her crazy writing routine, and the real-life circumstances that inspired ‘Pineapple Street’.

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Saman Shad talks about four years of working on 'The Matchmaker'

We caught up with Saman Shad to learn about her past projects, idea behind ‘The Matchmaker’ and fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming an author.

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How her anxieties inspired Mikki Brammer to write her debut novel

Mikki Brammer shares details about ‘The Collected Regrets of Clover’ including where she got the idea and why chose to write about death.

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This debut author wrote her book during maternity leave and lockdowns

Kerryn Mayne, author of ‘Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder’ shares details about her novel, the writing process, and the fact that her four-year-old believes her protagonist is a real person.

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How grieving her husband inspired Emma Grey to write an uplifting novel

Debut author Emma Grey shares the advice she’d give her past self, how she met her agent through a random email and the way that her own grief helped inspired her novel, 'The Last Love Note'.

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Being a reader inspired this debut author to write her own book

We talked to Kate Scott, author of Compulsion, to learn about her writing routine (or lack thereof), advice she’d give her past self and the source of her inspiration.