Danielle Wood grew up in southern Tasmania, steeped in a rich culture of storytelling and the wild beauties of the island. Her dream, as a child, was to be an author.
Her first career was as a journalist. Then, following a brief episode as media officer for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, Danielle completed a PhD in writing at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Her PhD novel, mentored by the incomparable Richard Rossiter, was The Alphabet of Light and Dark, which won the Australian/Vogel's Literary Prize in 2002.
Since then, Danielle has combined her writing career with teaching at the University of Tasmania. Her fiction is fed by two rich streams – the island of her birth, and the magical versatility of the fairy tale. Her books The Alphabet of Light and Dark and Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh, and the edited collections Deep South: stories from Tasmania and Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text, engage with Tasmania's unique history, environment and culture. Meanwhile, the collections Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls and Mothers Grimm provide contemporary fairy tale reinventions that focus on the experience of women.
A versatile wordsmith, Danielle writes fiction, non-fiction, essays and prose poetry, and has a growing stable of noms-de-plume, under which she also writes children's fiction and romantic comedies.
'Wood's poetic prose evokes the places where her characters voyage, so powerfully you can smell them.'
Today, Danielle lives with her family on the eastern shore of Hobart's River Derwent, not far from the wreck of the Otago, the only command of seafarer-turned-novelist, Joseph Conrad.
She writes in a bespoke timber caravan in her backyard, and spends weekends and holidays at Verona Sands, where she can be found walking the beach with her kelpies, Scout and Jem.