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Belinda Murrell Biography

Belinda Murrell is a bestselling, internationally published children's author with a legion of loyal fans and a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. After studying Literature at Macquarie University, Belinda worked as a travel journalist, editor and technical writer. A few years ago, she began writing stories for her own three children - Nick, Emily and Lachlan.

Her 21 books include The Sun Sword fantasy trilogy as well as a newly-released Lulu Bell series for younger readers. She is also known for her collection of other timeslip tales including The Sequin Star, The River Charm, The Locket of Dreams, The Forgotten Pearl, The Ruby Talisman and The Ivory Rose, which have been recognised by various awards, including Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted KOALAS 2014, 2012, and 2011, CBCA Notable List and highly commended in the PM's Literary Awards.

Belinda spent  two years travelling with her family. The trip included five months traveling in Europe and an 18 month journey around Australia in a caravan. Belinda home schooled her three children while researching and writing The Locket of Dreams and The Ruby Talisman.

Some of the family adventures included living with an Aboriginal family on the remote Dampier Peninsula, staying on vast outback cattle stations, sailing the islands of the Barrier Reef, fossicking for gold and gemstones and exploring the Strezlecki Desert.

The Sun Sword Trilogy is a children's fantasy adventure series, published by Random House, for eight to 12 year olds. The books in the trilogy include Quest for the Sun Gem, Voyage of the Owl and The Snowy Tower.

The Sequin Star (2014), The River Charm (2013), The Forgotten Pearl (2012), The Ivory Rose (2011), The Ruby Talisman (2010) and The Locket of Dreams (2009) are time slip adventures for girls aged 10+. Belinda has also written the Lulu Bell series for younger readers and  four picture books for pre-school children.

After leaving university, Belinda worked as a professional writer for 20 years, as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor, TAFE teacher and Public Relations consultant. She ran her own award winning Public Relations consultancy for eleven years. Belinda has also worked as a grapepicker, stable girl, waitress in a ski resort and veterinary nurse.

While Belinda studied Children's Literature and Media Studies at Macquarie University, her passion for children's literature was reignited when she had her own three children. She began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan.

Belinda comes from a very literary family, with a history of Australian writers stretching back 180 years. Her great-great-great-great grandfather James Atkinson published his book on Australia in 1826, while his wife Charlotte published the first Australian children's book in 1841.

The family has been writing ever since. Belinda's brother, Nick Humphrey and sister, Kate Forsyth are also both published best-selling authors.

Belinda has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. These travel adventures have inspired her travel writing for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About with Kids magazine, amongst others.

Belinda lives in Manly in a beautiful old cottage overlooking the sea with her husband Rob, three gorgeous children and lots of animals including a brave and loyal Rhodesian Ridgeback called Asha, who was the inspiration for one of her characters.



Author Photos by Jen Bradley

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