The first time Will Kostakis was invited to Byron Writers Festival, an entire day was rained out, so if disaster strikes again, you know who to blame. Will is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. That said, he’s best known for his award-winning YA novels. His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen. His second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister’s Literary awards, among others. The Sidekicks was his third novel for young adults, and his American debut. It went on to win the IBBY Australia Ena Noel Award.
Most recently, Will has applied his trademark style to the fantasy genre, with Monuments and its sequel, Rebel Gods. He no longer works as a journalist. He now splits his time between writing for young adults and touring the country, inspiring the next generation of writers.