Anna Ciddor has always been fascinated by the question, ‘What if I lived in another time or place?’.

She changed career from maths teacher to author so she’d have the excuse to spend lots of time doing research. She has written and illustrated over fifty books, including the highly popular and exciting Viking Magic trilogy: Runestone, Wolfspell and Stormriders. Bravery, friendship, and a dash of magic are the keys to these adventure stories, which are based on real Viking history.

Runestone was chosen as a Children’s Book Council Notable Book in 2003 and has been shortlisted for many awards. You can find out more about Anna and her books at

Anna keeps in touch with her readers through school visits and her website, but she is also keen to encourage the writing efforts of budding young authors through the Young Australian Writers’ Awards.