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I like to tell people that I ‘accidentally wrote a novel while I was on maternity leave’. This is true — while I was on extended leave after the arrival of our second daughter and my mind was freer from the routine of public service work, I started Book One of The Ambitious Mage. The day before, my good friend Marg had visited with her newborn baby, and had asked me if there was anything I hadn’t yet done that I always wanted to do. Without thinking, I replied: ‘Write a book.’ After some discussion we narrowed this down to heroic fantasy, and Marg advised that as an English teacher she had heard lots of authors speak about their writing and the key thing seemed to be to ‘just start’. I found this unbelievable given the length that most fantasy series run to! Surely the authors knew where they were going?

That night I had a vivid dream that I was a Pegasus foal waiting to be born. (Yes, you read that right!) I decided this could be the opening to a story and when Mara was asleep, I snuck into my home study and drafted the first four pages. I was gone for so long my husband Andrew said he thought I’d gone out. I had: to worlds called Terralis and Ossilis. Once I’d drafted a hundred pages, I decided I’d better get serious. I joined the just-established ACT Writers Centre in 1995 and with great glee went to numerous workshops, as well as enrolling in adult education creative writing classes. I found that I had a lot to learn, but that I had also instinctively done some things right. I was hooked, I loved writing. The list of books that follows speaks for itself. I had early success with small, independent publishers, which encouraged me to keep going.

The Mage and the Bird Caller trilogy (print and Ebooks)

A simple mission … with twists and meanders that capture his heart and divert his destiny.

Reviews and press releases

Undercover Mage LT book review:

Trilogy book trailer:

Undercover Mage LT author interview:

Fugitive Mage LT book review:

 Fugitive Mage Author Interview:

The Prophecy of the Sharid Trilogy (print only)

What if our hero is assailed by scars both visible and invisible?

  • Kered's Cry by Kaaren Sutcliffe

    Kered’s Cry


    Prince Kered loses everything in the brutal Sarod invasion of Tanaria - his family, his kingdom, his people and almost…

  • Kered's Call by Kaaren Sutcliffe

    Kered’s Call


    Initially, Kered feels safe in the northern realm of Zapot, with his uncle Gonov and cousin Mirayla. Events rapidly unfold…

  • Kered's Crown by Kaaren Sutcliffe

    Kered’s Crown


    The battles between armies begin! Kered tries to retake his kingdom and to save his people - difficult when Nactus…

Previously published books

The Ambitious Mage Saga (sadly out of stock, but may be re-released)

  • The Pegasus Touch by Kaaren Sutcliffe 2

    The Pegasus Touch


    A tale of the lure of power and ambition – contrasted with courage, camaraderie and love. The ripples of Mage…

  • The Scales by Kaaren Sutcliffe

    The Scales


    Rhyan and Gerrid reach Ossilis to rescue Elemar. But Elemar is not prepared to come home — she wants to…

Children’s Books

Kaaren completed a Diploma in Professional Children’s Writing with the Australian College of Journalism in 2000, and also had three children’s books published by first Ginninderra Press and then Loranda Publishing.

These are now out of print, although she holds some limited stock. Enquire by email if interested in purchasing a copy.