Scott Monk an Australian author who has been on the HSC list spoke to Years 11 and 12 this morning. Scott's inspired the students by sharing his own story of how much he hated English until he had to write a 20 page story in Year 8 at school. He ended up writing 220 pages. The teacher was so impressed she submitted it for publishing ... but it was rejected. Scott continued to write and had his first book published when he was 21.
In 1999 Scott won South Australia's Young Journalist of the Year Award.
Random House Biography for Scott Monk... Scott Monk is a monster hunter. After a round trip around the universe, he has written Beyond the Knock Knock Door - his first contemporary fantasy novel for children. It chronicles the story of the Bowman triplets who stop squabbling long enough to solve riddles, dodge swashbucklers, fight a ferocious creature, and eat plenty of good stuff that dentists absolutely abhor. Respected for his ability to get even the most reluctant readers to pick up a book, Scott has also written four novels for teenagers, including Boyz'R'Us, Raw, The Crush and The Never Boys. When he isn't busy hunting monsters, he works as a sub-editor for The Australian newspaper or watches his footy team being smashed.