Shirley Marr is a first generation Chinese-Australian and an author of Young Adult and Children’s fiction. Her two contemporary young adult titles are Fury (a dark and funny murder story narrated by a petulant sixteen-year-old mean girl) and Preloved (a lower-teen paranormal love story for girls who don’t like paranormal love stories), both published by Black Dog Books, an imprint of Walker Books Australia.
Her third novel, an untitled middle grade book, is anticipated for release in the later half of 2020 through Fremantle Press.
It was while she was writing a very dry PhD on accounting when she realised she’d rather much be writing down her dark, twisted daydreams instead. She is still an amusing Accountant by day and a Masked Writer at night.
Shirley describes herself as having a Western Mind, an Eastern Heart and a thoroughly Bogan personality; endlessly entertaining cultural clashes ensuing! She takes milk and sugar with her tea much to the dismay of her oolong drinking friends and eats chicken feet much to the disgust of her Aussie friends.
Her passion is to distill her cultural heritage in dark and unusual ways through the lens of young women and her soft spot is interpreting and re-interpreting the concept of a “Suburban Princess”.
She is the only person she knows who has ever been kicked out of a bookstore for disruptive behaviour.
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