In October 2019 she was awarded the inaugural HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency for an Established Author.
Previously, under the pen name Chris Bell, Christine had 35 short fiction titles published for children, including picture story, chapter and YA. Her short stories have won or been commended in national writing competitions and published in various anthologies. Christine is a Varuna fellow and holds a Master of Creative Writing (RMIT) and a Diploma of Arts – Professional Writing and Editing. She served as the Assistant Coordinator of SCBWI Vic (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for five years from 2014 – 2018 and as a CYA Writing and Illustrating Competition judge through 2014/15/16/17.
Currently Christine is working on her second adult historical novel, this one set in France in the aftermath of the Great War. For Christine, one of the most exciting aspects of this project, and being a historical fiction author, is the research. The idea for this new novel germinated with a question she asked during a tour of a cemetery on the Somme battlefields while researching No Small Shame. But revealing that question would give away the premise of the novel too early.
When she is not writing, Christine is attempting to learn to play the piano and day-dreaming of her next research trip to France.
MEMBER: Writers Victoria | Australian Society of Authors (ASA) | Historical Novel Society (HNS) | Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) | Varuna Alumni | Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) | Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA).