We were deeply saddened to learn that Maria Quinn has passed away after a long illness. Maria published her first novel, The Gene Thieves, with HarperVoyager last year. This speculative fiction story of surrogacy and cutting-edge genetic manipulation wrapped around a great action-based crime story was enthusiastically reviewed, and won her fans – and publishing deals – as far afield as China and Turkey. Maria’s warm writing style and wonderful characters made her book a pleasure to read and to publish.
Maria’s early career was as a copywriter and creative director, before she turned to magazine editing and feature writing. She was a presenter for Channel 10’s Good Morning Sydney, as well as writing and producing the national cookery program, King’s Kitchen. She won the 2007 Todhunter Literary Award and was a recipient of a prestigious Varuna fellowship.
Our condolences go to Maria’s husband, her two sons and their families.
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