Young alumna cited for writing and working for teenagers
A lack of realistic and relatable young adult fiction informed by Christian values motivated Trudy Adams to begin writing.
She began her first novel, Desolate Beauty, which Ark House Press published in 2009, at age 17. It would later win third prize in the 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards. Trudy has since signed a contract with Uptone Pictures and Damascus Road Productions for Desolate Beauty to become a movie—filming begins in Oklahoma, USA, in October this year. Her second novel, Judging Meghan, followed that same year and Broken Melody (both Wombat Books) in 2013. Trudy’s next novel, The Sunshine List (Onwards & Upwards Publishing), won second prize in the 2015 Australian Christian Young Writers Awards and will be released on October 1.
Trudy writes and works for teenagers from difficult backgrounds “who, through no fault of their own, are forced to make adult decisions without adult experience or support.” A former Youth Worker at The Salvation Army Oasis Youth Centre and Coordinator of the Kurri Youth Centre, Trudy is now a Caseworker for the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services. This “gritty but rewarding work” sees her working with young adults in situations of drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness, domestic violence, poverty and mental health issues.
The local community also benefits from Trudy’s willingness to volunteer. She is a firefighter with the Cooranbong Rural Fire Brigade and a regular presenter of writing workshops for high school students.
The Class of 2007 honours Trudy Adams for using the power of stories to create “courage out of fear, knowledge out of ignorance and hope out of despair.”