NAT AMOORE is a Sydney-based writer who is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write and explore their imagination without boundaries. Her first middle grade novel
Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire came out in 2019 with Penguin Random House. It had great success as both Dymocks and QBD's 'Kids Book Of The Month', becoming Australia's #1 bestselling debut Aussie children’s fiction in 2019. It has now been sold into the UK, US, Italy, China, Estonia and Romania.
Her second book The Power Of Positive Pranking came out in June 2020 and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Readings Children's Book Prize, and REAL Children’s Choice Book Awards. It went on to win the 2021 Environment Award for Children's Literature.
The Right Way To Rock came out in June 2021 and Nat is super excited to be celebrating her latest release, a novel/graphic novel hybrid We Run Tomorrow, that hit stores in May 2022. She also has a short story in Total Quack Up Again!
In 2021, Nat wrote a 5-part fiction podcast series called PROJECT ARI for Nova Entertainment and the Australian Government as part of the #StopItAtTheStart #Respect campaign which won Best Branded Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards and recently won an ACRA.
Nat has completed multiple courses at the AWC and NSWWC. She is a member of two different writers’ groups full of inspiring peers and multiple published writers and a member of SCBWI.
Nat placed 1st & 2nd in the Picture Book category and 2nd in Chapter Books for younger readers, at the 2018 CYA Conference. She was a recipient of the CBCA Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program for 2018 and is a proud Role Model for Books In Homes. Nat will be part of the Sydney Writer's Festival in 2021 and is represented by literary agent, Brian Cook at The Author's Agent.
School visits and author talks can be booked through Booked Out Speakers Agency or Lamont Authors or check out the School Visits page.
Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire is out in the US and the UK too. Click below to purchase.
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Nat is also a host of kidlit podcast One More Page, that launched in February 2018
One More Page was a finalist in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category for the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards.
The podcast has featured in publications such as Books+Publishing, Buzz Words, SCBWI AUS&NZ Newsletters and blogs.
Nat's writing career began with writing for screen. She has a feature film script & kids' TV series in development with Azure Productions and was writer & director on international award winning short film Elemenopee starring 'Revolution' actor David Lyons.
Want to know more about One More Page podcast? Of course, you do, it's pretty awesome! It's all about kids' books with author interviews, prize giveaways and Nat leads a segment called Kids' Capers which is by the kids, for the kids. Check it out!
Name: Nat Amoore
Internal age: 10
Secret superpower: Making up stuff. Not lying, that is different. Making up stuff, on the spot, that everybody believes and sometimes gets me things I want. Not lying.
Obsessed with: Laksa and writing down anything that pops into my head because I'm sure one day it will be 'my great work' even when the idea is oh so silly.
Annoyed by: Restaurants that skimp on my vegetables and/or tofu in my vegetable and tofu laksas. Seriously guys...they're VEGETABLES!
Bookshelf style: Small and jammed. Sydney apartment living **insert eye rolly emoji**
What you wanted to be when you grew up: Depended on the day of the week. Still does.
What you got in trouble for at school: Never got in trouble. Never got caught.
Favourite books as a kid: Everything by Paul Jennings or Gillian Rubenstein. Calvin & Hobbes, Bridge To Terabithia and anything where the character went from the real world to another world.
And now: Hmmmm, kinda the above plus How To Bee, Roof Toppers, The Cardboard Palace and The Hat Trilogy.
Book character you wish you could be: Elly from Skymaze