In 1963, GARTH NIX was born in Melbourne, Australia to the sounds of a brass band. Rather than become a scientist (like his father) or an artist (like his mother), he decided to be a writer. That meant, among other life experiences, attending college, working in a bookshop, and entering the publishing industry. Of course, it's tough to write when you're working all day, so Garth quit his day job to become a full-time writer.

The winner of many awards and much acclaim, his novels include Sabriel, Shade's Children, The Ragwitch, Lirael, The Seventh Tower series, and Abhorsen. Garth currently lives very happily near Coogee Beach in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and child.

Don't miss Garth's other series: The Seventh Tower