Maria Lewis is an author, screenwriter and journalist based in Australia.
A journalist for over 16 years, she got her start as a police reporter at her local newspaper when she was a teenager. Her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. She has been nominated for two Rocky Wood Non-Fiction Australian Shadows awards for her pop culture writing in 2018 and 2020. Previously a writer, segment producer and guest presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed, she also hosted after-show talk show Cleverfan on ABC.
Her best-selling debut novel Who’s Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her young adult debut, It Came From The Deep, followed in 2018 along with The Witch Who Courted Death, which won Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the shared supernatural universe – The Wailing Woman – was released in 2019 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2020. All of her novels are published globally by Little Brown Books. She’s the host, writer and researcher of the limited podcast series Josie & The Podcats about the 2001 cult film. As a screenwriter, she has worked on live action and animated children’s television local and international studios. She also serves as a writer and editor at the Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI), the most visited film museum in the world.
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