Elise McCune is an Australian, Melbourne-based writer.
Welcome to my website where you can see images of the places which inspire me and learn more about my stories.
Born in New South Wales, Australia, I moved to Perth, Western Australia where I raised my two children. I worked for ten years in the Western Australian Museum and during this time I travelled to Egypt and stayed in Cairo and Alexandria for an extended visit. I loved Egypt and its people and culture and my knowledge of these cities and the desert will inform the narrative of my work-in-progress.
I have a fascination for the beautiful landscapes of Australia which I weave through my stories. A sense of place is important to me and I like to explore how characters are shaped by unfamiliar places. I enjoy writing dual narrative stories set in two time periods: the past and the present and I also explore the theme of how the past impacts on the present.
Allen & Unwin Australia published my first novel Castle of Dreams in April 2016.
A poignant, luminous novel about two sisters, about a mother and daughter, a loved granddaughter, the past that separates them and the healing that comes with forgiveness.
Intricately plotted, with uncovered secrets, it is a dual narrative story set in two time periods: far north Queensland during WW2 and in contemporary times. Richly evocative with twists and turns and narrative lyricism, it is an absorbing story of love, betrayal and mystery.
At the 2016 London Bookfair Allen & Unwin sold the rights to Castle of Dreams to Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm. They will publish Castle of Dreams in translation in April 2017. And while I don’t speak or read Norwegian I am looking forward to having a Norwegian copy of Castle of Dreams on my bookshelf.
I am currently writing my second novel.
Book Club discussion questions are on this blog at the Castle of Dreams page.
You can buy a copy of Castle of Dreams here: