Stephanie Parkyn

Stephanie Parkyn has wanted to be an author since writing her first earnest little stories and poems at primary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. But a love of science, research, and the environment led her to a PhD and a career as a freshwater ecologist. In 2010, she moved to Tasmania with her husband and embarked on her other passions of art and writing. Here she learned of a French scientific expedition and their first contact with Tasmanian Aboriginal people and of the woman who joined the voyage disguised as a man.

Stephanie’s debut novel Into the World will be published by Allen & Unwin in December 2017. It traces the extraordinary voyage of Marie-Louise Girardin from France to Australia and the South Pacific at a time of social revolution and personal loss.

Looking back, Stephanie was influenced by authors like Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Oscar Wilde in her childhood, and more recently by Kate Grenville, Emma Donoghue, Michelle Lovric and Anthony Doerr. Mystery, adventure and injustice are drivers of her fiction. Stephanie loves travel, learning, and sharing stories. Bitten by the historical fiction bug, she hopes to continue the challenge of illuminating the past to inform the future.

You can follow her on Facebook at Steph Parkyn’s Story Place.