Christine Bongers grew up with six brothers on a farm outside Biloela, Central Queensland. She attended Jambin State School and Biloela State High, then moved to Brisbane to attend University (and three degrees later, she is still there!)
After a couple of misguided attempts at a psychology degree, Christine found her bearings in journalism, became besotted with radio, tripped and fell into television, segued into public relations and ended up writing for a living for most of her adult life.
Christine has worked as a broadcast journalist on the ABC, and in commercial television and radio, in Brisbane and London. She has also written and directed two environmental television documentaries, and run her own media consultancy.
Christine completed a Master of Arts (Research) in youth writing at QUT in 2008.
Her latest novel for teens, Intruder, has won the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book, and been shortlisted for the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. Her debut novel Dust was a CBCA Notable Book and Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction.
Drongoes, her illustrated chapter book for newly independent readers,was published by Scholastic in February 2013.
Christine is currently working on a middle grade novel, How to Destroy Earth (Part One).
Christine shares her life with husband Andrew, children, Connor, Brydie, Clancy and Jake, and their dog, Huggy, the Derek Zoolander of Beagles (really, really, really good looking, but not very bright).
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