Elise McCune

Elise McCune is an Australian, Melbourne-based international author

Contact details:

Please contact Sally Bird from Calidris Literary Agency.

PO Box 99, Castlemaine, VIC 3450, Australia.


Phone: +61 3 5472 2772.



Email: elisemccune1@gmail.com


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, its people and culture, and its history.

In 2016 I graduated from the  University of Iowa’s International Writing Program on fiction writing, centered on female authorial voices and female literary characters.

A sense of place is important to me and I like to explore how characters are shaped by unfamiliar places. I enjoy reading dual narrative stories set in two time periods and I delight in writing them. I also explore the theme of how the past impacts on the present. Love, regret, yearning, and nostalgia for the past are things that most people can relate to.  I am grateful that through my stories I have, in some small way, given people something special.

Castle of Dreams is 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.

Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm published  Castle of Dreams in translation in April 2017 and released the paperback edition with its beautiful wraparound cover in September 2018 in time for Christmas.

With the castle setting and family secrets the novel fits into the gothic genre, but ironically sans the cold and dark of the customary gothic, swapping it instead for tropical rain forest setting. Elise has given us a novel of rare beauty that matches that of the exquisite forest setting.  Paula Xiberras, Tasmanian Times 

My recently completed second novel is with my agent. One narrative thread is set in southwestern Australia and the other in the lovely Tumut Valley in New South Wales, Australia with several chapters set in 1920’s London.

Book Club discussion questions are on this blog at the Castle of Dreams page.

You can buy a copy of Castle of Dreams here:





While I love bookclubs and tea and cake unfortunately at this time I can’t attend as I am busy writing my next book.



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