It is a dream of every creative writer to enjoy publication success, and for USC Honours graduate Candice Fox, this success was swift.
Candice, 28, completed her Creative Writing Honours degree at USC in 2010, and secured a contract in 2013 with Random House Australia for a two-book national and international publication deal.
Candice's first crime fiction novel, Hades, was released by Random House, one of Australia's biggest publishers, in December 2013 and is available at bookstores and Big W.
Random House described Candice as a “the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction”, and she attributes much of her success to her experience as a USC Creative Writing student.
“USC lecturers were instrumental in my early writing career and I owe a great deal to USC as a whole,” Candice said.
Having moved from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast in her early 20s, Candice completed a double degree in Arts and Education at USC before embarking on Honours in Creative Writing.
Raised in Sydney, Candice moved to the Sunshine Coast in her early 20s and gained a double degree in Arts and Education at USC before starting Honours under the supervision of Dr Ross Watkins.
Candice said the publication process had been longer and more complex than she imagined. “I’m awed by the electric excitement of seeing something that was once an idea now an object to be bought and enjoyed,” she said.
“I wasn’t prepared for all the book-hungry fans who have popped up (online) from around the globe who are happy to hear about a stranger’s success and eager to get a bit of good old Aussie crime in their lives.”
Candice is currently lecturing in creative writing while studying a PhD at the University of Notre Dame and is completing Eden, the sequel to Hades.
— Julie Schomberg, USC Marketing