Danielle Weiler

Queens of teens

Monday, December 18, 2017
Alumna publish more young adult fiction—nine and counting

Two Avondale arts graduates from 2007 are establishing themselves as queens of young adult and new adult fiction.

Trudy Adams and Danielle Weiler, who majored and minored in English, have now written nine novels between them.

Adams, from Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, began her first novel, Desolate Beauty (Ark House Press) at age 17. It would win third prize in the 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards the year after its publication. Adams has since signed a contract with Uptone Pictures and Damascus Road Productions for Desolate Beauty to become a movie—filming began in the USA in October this year. Her second novel, Judging Meghan, followed that same year and Broken Melody (both Wombat Books) in 2013. Adam’s latest novel, The Sunshine List (Onwards & Upwards Publishing), won second prize in the 2015 Australian Christian Young Writers Awards and launched this year.

Weiler, from Perth, the class president and the editor of the student magazine that year, has published Friendship on Fire (2011) and a sequel (2015), Reckless (2013) and Assembly of Shapes (2014). Her latest, The Pastor’s Kid (Ark House Press), launched this year and tells of two young adults from different upbringings who help bridge the gap of perceived normality.

Inspired by teenagers wrestling with identify formation, Weiler writes to give readers “hope in whatever situation they find themselves.” Adams, the recipient of a citation from the class at Avondale Alumni’s Homecoming this year, 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.”

The classmates draw from different experiences: Weiler as a teacher and parent; Adams as a youth worker.

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Brenton Stacey

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Brenton is Avondale College of Higher Education’s Public Relations Officer. He brings to the role a decade’s experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities. He is also co-convenor of Manifest, a movement exploring, encouraging and celebrating #faithfulcreativity in the Adventist Church.