Lian Tanner has worked as a teacher, a tourist bus driver, a freelance journalist, a juggler, an editor and a professional actor. She has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. It took her a while to realise that all this was preparation for becoming a writer.
Lian’s best-selling Keepers Trilogy has been translated into eleven languages, and won two consecutive Aurealis Awards for Best Australian Children’s Fantasy. Museum of Thieves was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book, was shortlisted for a number of awards including the Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature, was selected as one of the Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Children's Books of the Year (USA), and was named as a 'White Raven' (books that deserve worldwide attention) by the International Youth Library.
Lian’s second series, The Hidden, was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards and is also published in the USA (Macmillan). Her new series The Rogues, is set in the same world as The Keepers.