Zana Fraillon was born in Naarm (Melbourne) Australia, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. As a child Zana always had her head in a book. This could have been because she was 8 years-old before anyone realized that she was incredibly near-sighted and probably couldn’t see anything further away than the words in a book. But regardless of its origins, her love of reading has remained central to her life and work. 'I grew up in a house that had a whole room full of books and comfy chairs and this was my favourite place to be.’
Zana studied history at university before training to be a primary school teacher and both these passions influence her approach to writing. Through meticulous research she has also discovered that it is essential to eat copious amounts of chocolate in order to write anything at all.
Zana has written two picture books for young children, a series for middle readers, and a fictitious book for older readers based on research and recounts of survivors of the Forgotten Generation.
She lives in Naarm with her three children, partner and two dogs, and still always has her head in a book, despite now using glasses to see anything further away. When Zana isn’t reading or writing, she likes to explore the museums and hidden passageways scattered across Naarm. They provide the same excitement as that moment before opening a new book – preparing to step into the unknown where a whole world of possibilities awaits.
Books in order of publication:
When No-One's Looking on the Farm (2009)
When No-one's Looking at the Zoo (2009)
No Stars To Wish On (2014)
The Bone Sparrow (2016)
The Ones That Disappear (2017)
Wisp: A Story of Hope (2018)
The Lost Soul Atlas (2020)
'The Domovoi,' The Book of Hopes (2020)
The Way of the Dog (2022)
The Raven's Song (2022)
Etta and the Octopus (2023)