Author(s): Allyse Near
"A deliciously dark bubblegum-gothic fairytale from a stunning new Australian talent. He s gone the same way as those little birds that bothered me with their awful songs! And you will too, you and your horrible heart-music, because you won t stay out of my woods! There s a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That s not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don t. But when the girl appears at Isola s window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help. Her real-life friends Grape, James and new boy Edgar make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises will protect her with all the fierce love they possess. It may not be enough. Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl s demise . . . before the ghost steals Isola's last breath."
Born in 1989, Allyse Near counts Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, Francesca Lia Block and the Brothers Grimm among her biggest literary influences. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, majoring in Professional and Creative Writing, and won Deakin's inaugural Judith Rodriguez Prize for Fiction for her short story 'Venus In The Twelfth House' while in her second year. Throughout 2010 she was mentored by multiple-Aurealis Award-winning author Jane Routley, and published short stories in a number of literary journals, including Verandah, Short and Twisted, and Etchings. Allyse writes deconstructed pulp-fairytales that almost always revolve around women, the wilderness and witchcraft. Her debut novel is Fairytales for Wilde Girls. She is currently studying at Ballarat University and working on a YA novel she describes as Snow White-meets-Rosemary's Baby.