Deborah Abela


After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail twice! She was the writer/producer of a national kids' TV show on Network TEN before leaving to write over 20 novels, including the Max Remy series and New City, the sequel to the bestselling, Grimsdon, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa: A New Australian, was inspired by her dad who migrated to Australia after the devastation of WW2. Her latest books are The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and her first picture book, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero.


Deb has been speaking in schools for over 15 years. Her talks, PD sessions and workshops, are informative, interactive and fun. With her teaching and TV background, she uses images, videos, storytelling and games to explain the writing process and help kids develop their own stories. She is a proud supporter of Room to Read and Books in Homes.


Grimsdon Shortlisted for the YABBA, CROC and KOALA awards 2017

Teresa A New Australian shortlisted for the WAYBRA 2017

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee shortlisted for the Aust Family Therapists Awards 2017

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and it's sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery to be published in the USA in 2018 and 2019.

The following is a video of Deb in Malta, speaking about the writing of Teresa;