Steven O’Connor is a Melbourne-based writer of futuristic middle grade/young adult novels. Steven’s first YA novel, EleMental, was published in 2012 by Murdoch Books and won a Young Adult Writers’ Mentorship award at the national Varuna Writers’ Centre in the Blue Mountains.
Steven is also a professional social worker. He has worked in the health field, specialising in drug counselling, HIV/AIDS care and then the school sector, working with young people. Currently he works as an oncology social worker.
Praise for EleMental:
“A fantastic and exciting debut novel by Steven O’Connor … entertaining mix of futuristic sci-fi, horror, action and angst … this reads like Philip K Dick for teenagers. With the narrative sneakily shifting between the real and virtual worlds, O’Connor explores some fairly complex and sophisticated issues in a thrilling and accessible way.” Bookseller+Publisher
“The author does an excellent job of creating Virtualitee, and by the end readers might feel as if they have had a lucky escape from its clutches, too.” BookList
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