Calidris Literary Agency

Elise McCune

Elise McCune is an international bestselling author of historical fiction. She grew up in New South Wales. In 1973, she moved to Perth, Western Australia where she raised her two children, Lisa and Brett.

During this time she worked in the Western Australian Museum in Perth and eventually lived on a 5000 acre farm, two hundred kilometres north of Perth and later on a vineyard in the southwest of Western Australia.

In 2016 she gained an online Certificate of Completion from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program on fiction writing, centered on female authorial voices and female literary characters.

Her first historical novel, Castle of Dreams, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016 and was a best seller in Australia. It was sold to Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm at the London Book fair in 2016.

When she is not writing novels, she reads them, drinks tea, and enjoys family life. Historical fiction combines her passions for history, research and travel.

Elise lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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“Castle of Dreams moves back and forth between the stories of Vivien and Rose, two sisters in wartime Brisbane, who each fall in love with the same man; and Stella, Rose’s granddaughter, who finds herself fascinated by the untold secrets of the past.

I love this type of dual narrative, and found the scenes set in the 1940s particularly evocative. A real page-turner of a book, with just enough sizzle.”

Kate Forsyth – Award Winning Author.

N.B. Rights available for Castle of Dreams – World rights excluding ANZ and Norway. Film and television rights available.