Candice Fox’s first novel, Hades, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Book and she now co-authors a series with James Patterson. But her success was hard-won. Candice received more than 200 rejection letters before her manuscript was accepted for publication. She believes that her persistence was an essential part of her journey. Candice’s third novel, Fall, was recently published to critical acclaim. She talks about the importance of rejection to a writer’s practice, and the rewards it can bring.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.