Joel Shepherd was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974, but when he was seven his family moved to Perth in Western Australia. He studied film and television at Curtin University but realised that what he really wanted to do was write stories. His first manuscript was shortlist for the George Turner Prize in 1998, and Crossover was shortlisted in 1999. He wrote two other novels in the Crossover series, Breakaway (2003) and Killswitch (2004).
Apart from writing, Joel helps in his mother's business, selling Australian books to international schools in Asia and beyond. This has given him the opportunity to travel widely in asia and other parts of the world. Joel also writes about women's basketball for an American internet magazine.
Crossover was Joel's first published book.
"There's lots of people I admire, but I don't really like listing them because lists just feel too forced and artificial. And I admire lots of writing that isn't fiction, too, like current-affairs columnists... I get inspiration from lots of places, TV and movies too. But I will say that CJ Cherryh was a big influence on me growing up, she was the first writer who demonstrated to me that head-burstlingly intelligent, and wickedly entertaining, were not mutually exclusive concepts."
During an interview with SFFWorld.com
Joel Shepherd books reviewed
Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before. But she turns her back on her regal heritage and trains under the great warrio...
Sasha, the wilful but talented heroine, returns to battle in Joel Shepherd s stunning second volume of A Trial of Blood & Steel quartet.Away from the hills of her Lenay...
The net is really closing in now, with the whole of Rhodia at war and the serrin - the beautiful and dangerous people from beyond the Bacosh - fighting for survival....
Rich with political intrigue and wrangling between the lords of Vethrene faith and the rural folk who follow the tradition of the Goeren-yai, this is the story of Sasha. Ra...