Jack Heath is the pen name of a bestselling and award-winning author. His twenty action-packed novels have been translated into several languages and optioned for film and television.
Jack fell in love with reading in primary school, when an ear infection left him unable to do much else. In high school he was frustrated by the slow pace and lack of excitement in most teenage fiction, so he started writing his own novel. It was picked out of a slush pile and published while he was still a teenager, and it soon became an international success.
In the course of his research, Jack has toured morgues and prisons, performed as a street magician and travelled through eleven countries, including Russia. His enthusiastic presentations at schools and festivals have gotten thousands of kids hooked on reading. His previous day jobs—in which he met many interesting characters—include fry cook, music teacher, TV salesman, call centre worker and most fun of all, bookseller. He plays several musical instruments, and lives on the land of the Ngunnawal people in Gunghalin, Australia.
He was the voice of bears, seals and foxes in the popular mobile game Rodeo Stampede, and he very occasionally writes opinion pieces for LoadScreen.
He’s a proud member of the ACT Writers Centre, the Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Australian Crime Writer’s Association.
To stay up-to-date and get free ebooks, subscribe to Jack’s newsletter at jackheath.com.au.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. In summer, I write under a tree with my digital typewriter on my lap. In winter I take it to a cafe and work alongside other writers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canberra, Australia, which has become the setting for almost all of my novels – sometimes officially, sometimes not-so-officially. Living in the nation's capital has made me interested in corruption and conspiracies. It helps that there's such a strong arts community here too.
Lukas once did something terrible. Ever since, he's been taking Care – a drug which gives him a conscience. But now he's been kidnapped. His supply is cut off. What will his captor do when he becomes a monster?
When a vengeful physicist captures Agent Six of Hearts and blasts him back through time, he has one chance to prevent her from unleashing a catastrophe. If he can find and destroy the components of her time machine, he can stop her from ever building it – but the components are under lock and key.
Luckily, he crosses paths with teenage super-thief Ashley Arthur. But she has her own agenda...
Detective Bromham is a good cop in a bad city, sent alone to investigate a homicide. When he reaches an abandoned apartment block, he finds that this is no ordinary murder...
This bone-chilling tale was shortlisted for Best YA Short Story at the 2013 Aurealis Awards.