Jack Heath is the pen name of an internationally bestselling author. He wrote The Cut Out, the Countdown To Danger series and fourteen other action-packed thrillers for young people, which have been shortlisted for multiple awards and published in several languages around the world.
In the course of his research he has trained with firearms, performed street magic, visited morgues and prisons, travelled through Russia and read only books by women for a year. When he’s not touring schools, libraries and festivals around the world, he lives in Gunghalin. Jack is a proud member of the ACT Writers Centre.
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.