Emily Rodda is a master at creating worlds of magic and fantasy. Her first Deltora series, Deltora Quest, sends Lief, Barda, and Jasmine on an eight-book journey to find the jewels of the Belt of Deltora -- the only way to defeat the sinister Shadow Lord. In the second series, Deltora Shadowlands, the three heroes must trek deep into the Shadow Lord's territory in order to rescue the prisoners he has taken. The third Deltora series -- the name and plot are still top secret -- is due in Summer 2004.
Beyond Deltora, Emily is one of Australia's most successful, popular and versatile writers, and has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. She is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under her own name of Jennifer Rowe. Among the many books she has written are Crumbs!, Finders Keepers, and the Rowan of Rin books, all published by Omnibus Books. Emily Rodda's Raven Hill Mysteries adventure series, published by Scholastic Australia, attracted a devoted following of young readers. Her most recent picture book titles include Game Plan and Where Do You Hide Two Elephants?
I was really excited when I thought of the idea of writing Deltora Quest. At first I wanted to write a serial-type quest, a story that would go over several books. The Rowan of Rin books, which have always done quite well and which I love writing, are complete in themselves, featuring the same character but without a continuing storyline. I really wanted to write a classic quest in stages, culminating in a final book. I had the idea of a quest involving three heroes who have to find all the gems that make up a magic belt. I had worked on the manuscript for quite a while before I took it to the publisher, Scholastic Australia. I wanted to see what they thought of it and it turned out that they thought it was a great idea.
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