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 Biography of author Alyssa Brugman

Alyssa Brugman was born in Rathmines, Lake Macquarie, Australia in May 1974. She attended five public schools before completing a Marketing Degree at the University of Newcastle. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD in Communication from Canberra University.
Alyssa has worked as an after-school tutor for Aboriginal children.

She taught management, accounting and marketing at a business college, worked for a home improvements company and then worked in Public Relations before becoming a full-time writer. She currently runs a small business providing hoof care, equine rehabilitation and producing nutritional supplements for horses.
She submitted her first manuscript, Finding Grace, to the Australian Vogel Literary Award in 1998. While the novel did not receive an award, it was published.

Her books are:
  • Finding Grace 2001
  • Walking Naked 2002
  • Being Bindy 2004
  • The Shelby series of Pony Books between 2004 and 2007:
  • For Sale or Swap,
  • Beginner's Luck
  • Hot Potato
  • Hide & Seek
  • Greener Pastures 
  • Solo 2007
  • The Equen Queen 2007
  • Girl Next Door 2009
The most recent novel is 'Alex as Well' with Text Publishing Australia in January 2013. 
Alyssa's books have been short listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, the CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers - Honour Book), the Sanderson Young Adult Audio Book of the Year, and the Best Designed Young Adult Book APA Design Awards, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, the Michael Printz Award, the Kids Own Australian Literature Award, The Young Australian Best Book Awards and the Children's Choice Book Awards, the Children's Peace Literature Award, selected for the 'Books Alive' Campaign, and listed as a Voices of Youth Advocates "Top Shelf Fiction" book, and the Adelaide Festival Literature Award.

Alyssa's books have been translated into nine languages - Turkish, Portugese, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Korean and German.

Alyssa lives in the Hunter Valley. 

To contact Alyssa, email her on alyssabrugman@yahoo.com.au

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