Jessica Shirvington, author of Between the Lives, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

between-the-livesThe Booktopia Book Guru asks

Jessica Shirvington

author of Between the Lives and The Violet Eden Chapters

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Sydney and raised on Sydney’s North Shore. I have two older brothers and one older sister. I went to primary school in St. Ives and then senior school began at Loreto Normanhurst and in year nine, my parents moved house and I transferred to Loreto Kirribilli. 

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

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Australian Jessica Shirvington’s young-adult novel Embrace to be brought to TV by Steven Spielberg

From Michael Idato in The Sydney Morning Herald: Local author Jessica Shirvington, the wife of champion athlete and Foxtel presenter Matt Shirvington, is poised to conquer Hollywood.

Shirvington’s supernatural young-adult novel series Embrace is to be adapted into a TV series by the famed producer Steven Spielberg. The project, commissioned by the US network The CW, is already being hailed as a potential successor to the billion-dollar Twilight franchise.

It’s been mind-blowing. I never even thought I would get published.

The deal for Embrace, if the planned TV series become a blockbuster hit, represents a multi-million dollar windfall for the young Australian writer.

Shirvington, 33, was elated when she spoke to Fairfax today. “I’m stoked,” she said. “The most exciting part is to be able to talk about it because it’s something I’ve had to keep under my hat and I’m not good at that at all.” Read more

About The Author: Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband, former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. A successful businesswoman, she has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney. Her debut novel EMBRACE, the first book in the Violet Eden Chapters series, was published in 2010, followed in 2011 by ENTICED and in 2012 by EMBLAZE.

Jessica combines her writing career with juggling the demands of motherhood and her responsibilities as a co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.

Click here to read more about Embrace, Enticed and Emblaze


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