A.J. Betts is an Australian author, speaker (high schools only), and teacher.
Her latest novels are HIVE and ROGUE (Pan Macmillan Australia; 2018, 2019) which make up a speculative fiction duology for young adults. Set in an underwater society, HIVE tells the story of Hayley, a fifteen-year-old beekeeper who comes to learn the perilous truths of her world. The novel explores themes of power, friendship, secrecy, sustainability and sacrifice.
HIVE has been shortlisted for the ABIAs, the INDIE book awards, and the Gold Inky awards. It is a notable book in the 2019 CBCA awards. ROGUE continues the story in a future Australia.
A.J.’s bestselling third novel, ZAC & MIA, won the 2012 Text Prize, the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and the 2014 Ethel Turner prize for young adults at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Its American television adaptation by AwesomenessTV in 2017/18 won two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2018, and is now available on iTunes Australia.a
AJ’s presentations include: Meet the Author, Hive Presentation, Hive/Rogue STEM Presentation, Zac & Mia Presentation, Writing Workshop, and Writing Creatively in Exam Conditions.
AJ has also presented on the following:
• How to harness creativity and wonder (the topic of my recent PhD) in the English classroom
• Writing workshop for adults interested in writing for teenagers
• WAVELENGTH talk
• SHUTTERSPEED talk
• Motivational talks (for graduating tertiary students and employees)
More info on AJ and her work can be found on her website:
All of AJ’s books are available for personalised signings.