Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a prison parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent many of her early Christmases travelling to a Sydney correctional facility in the family minibus to knock on prison cell windows, run around the razor-wired yard and eat fruitcake prepared by inmates. While her mother and stepfather developed an ever-growing mob of Sydney’s most disadvantaged children throughout her later youth, entertainment had to be cheap. She spent her school holidays exploring free, open spaces – farms, bushland and cemeteries.

As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. In 2015, she began collaborating with best selling author James Patterson on a series of books featuring Detective Harriet ‘Harry’ Blue.

Candice’s books Hades, Eden and Fall are published with Random House Australia and are in multiple translations. Hades and Eden both won Ned Kelly Awards presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association.


23 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Humorous- I love that! 😀

    Posted by jennpower | April 13, 2013, 7:20 pm
  2. So good to meet you today at B’ys. See you soon.

    Posted by davidl | May 1, 2013, 3:07 am
  3. Hi, just listening to Abc national 576, they are discussing your Phd subject. If you get this message in time , switch it on, bye x

    Posted by davidl | May 2, 2013, 9:23 am
  4. That’s a very interesting life story and you have a great sense of humour in class: I love it.

    Posted by Nerd Burger | May 9, 2013, 5:21 am
  5. Hello, and congratulations on the book deal! I’ve sent a message via your author page on Facebook, but thought I’d try here as well. I’ve been asked to write an article about you for the University of the Sunshine Coast’s student paper, and was wondering if I could ask you a few questions. Happy to do an email, phone or Facebook interview. Shoot me an email if you’re willing.

    Posted by Francesca McMackin | February 1, 2014, 2:41 am
  6. Hi Candice,

    This morning I finished Hades (my first read-through). Loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the use of first person, third person limited and straight third person for the different story threads. I loved seeing Sydney in the story, real places and fictional ones. The story captured my imagination and dragged me in like nothing I’ve read in the last 15 years. Bravo, I look forward to more.

    Just one nagging question: are Eric & Eden’s real names Eric and Julia?


    Cheers mate


    Posted by Andrew | February 2, 2014, 1:02 am
    • Hey there Andrew, Thanks so much for writing and terribly sorry about the late reply. I’m really glad you enjoyed Sydney as I wrote it – it’s a beautiful place, frequently terrifying and colourful and wonderful in turns, and somewhere I think overlooked for serious crime fiction. Eric and Julia? Please explain! haha


      Posted by candicefoxauthor | February 18, 2014, 11:35 pm
      • Hi Candice,

        For some reason they struck me as Eric and Julia Roberts. Dunno why, but once it was in there (my head) there was no getting it out.


        Posted by Andrew | February 19, 2014, 10:15 am
  7. Where can I buy Hades in the USA?

    Posted by CaryLory | April 10, 2014, 3:09 am
  8. Candice is on Watchwords. Under the News on the homepage http://www.ljmaywatchwords.com there are links to the Ned Kelly Awards pages. These pages have pictures and information about Candice. Congratulations on your win, Candice. I read Hades and it’s great. L.J. May.

    Posted by L.J. May | September 20, 2014, 1:58 am
  9. Just like to say it’s been a pleasure to read Hades and Eden fantastic books hope to to read more like this absolutely fantastic.

    Kind regards


    Posted by Johnathon white | August 11, 2015, 8:36 pm
  10. Candice
    I really enjoyed Hades and Eden. When is your next novel out?


    Posted by Ritchie | August 30, 2015, 6:18 am
  11. Has anyone ever approached you about turning your novels into a film or tv show?

    Posted by Sean | December 27, 2015, 7:14 am
  12. Potentially, yes. But perhaps less publicly?

    Posted by Sean | December 27, 2015, 7:39 am
  13. Hi Candice, had to find some way of saying thank you for Hades, I truthfully never actually read a book until now….books not part of my non schooling. now 48, i went on a cruise and decided that i would actually try and relax and try and read a book. my wife bought be Hades, recommended read at a book shop. finished it and went out and bought Eden. Thank you…think you started…only downer, have to wear glasses now…shit getting older…great read…well done. mark metters

    Posted by mark metters | April 10, 2016, 3:25 am
    • Dear Mark,
      Thank you so much for your lovely letter. I’m so glad I got you started! I really hope my books continue to reward you for your efforts. Good on your wife for pushing you, too. You’ve made my day. Thank you again!


      Posted by Candice | April 10, 2016, 3:29 am
  14. Hi Candice, thanks for coming to Busselton last Monday.A great delivery of your life summary / chat about your books – Brilliant ! How is this for a coincidence – on page 333 of FALL your race commands are titled Lyrebird and Currawong and I live on Lyrebird which T junctions with Currawong !!
    I am currently a third of the way into Crimson Lake and thoroughly enjoying it.

    Posted by Peter | March 2, 2017, 3:10 am


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