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Astrid Scholte is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of fantasy novels. When she's not writing, she works in film and animation production. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's Avatar and Disney's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. She currently works at Industrial Light & Magic on the latest blockbuster.
ABOUT Astrid Scholte

Longer Bio

Astrid Scholte has loved telling stories for as long as she can remember, writing her first "novel" at age 5. Her desire to be surrounded by all things fantastical led her to pursue a career in the visual effects and animation industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Film, Media and Theatre and a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales and the College of Fine Arts in Sydney.

She has spent over a decade working in visual effects and animation production as both an artist and an artist manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's Avatar, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and Marvel and Disney's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. She currently works at Industrial Light & Magic and helps movies get made.


Four Dead Queens was her debut novel and was released by Putnam (Penguin Random House) on the 26th of February 2019 and with Allen & Unwin on the 4th of March. It has been released in numerous foreign territories and is an international bestseller. Four Dead Queens was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers Award (2020) and won the Davitt Award for Best YA Crime Novel (2020) and the WAYRBA (2021). The Vanishing Deep was shortlisted for Aurealis Award: Best Fantasy Novel (2020) and the Bookbound prize (2021). League of Liars was the winner of the Tome Society Book Award (2024) and shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards: Best Young Adult Novel (2022), among others. The sequel to League of Liars, Shadows of Truth, is out now!

Astrid is also a traditionally trained oil painter and enjoys painting her favorite fictional characters. She lives in Australia with her two Burmese cats and husband, among her ever-growing mountain of Disney memorabilia.


How did you get an agent and book deal?

It's a long story! I've written an epic blog series, the first post is live here.​​

Is 4DQ part of a series?

The second book in my two-book deal with Putnam is a standalone YA sci fi/fantasy called THE VANISHING DEEP. Currently, FOUR DEAD QUEENS is not part of a series but I have many ideas to expand the complex world. So my answer is, hopefully!​

I love ARCs! They make my heart happy. Can I get one for your next book?

They make me happy too! And I'd love to share an ARC with you when I can. Sign up to my newsletter for a chance.

Is there anything your newsletter can't do?

Not that I know of. It's pretty magical! ;)

Who are your favorite authors?

I love Laini Taylor, Amie Kaufman, Leigh Bardugo, Meagan Spooner, Marie Lu, Sabaa Tahir and Alison Goodman. I adore anyone who can take me on a journey to a fantastical place that feels, tastes and sounds real. 

Why do you write YA?

YA is my home. It's the category I wish I had as a teenager when I was struggling to pick a genre to read. YA smashes boundaries and expectations and you can mix genres as you please. YA is plot-heavy and character diverse and never boring. For me, plot is Queen, and so is YA.

How many cats do you have?

20. Kidding! I have 2 and they are the cutest! Check out my Instagram and Twitter for pics. I also post a lot about YA books, let's be friends!

I've noticed you really like Disney. What's that about?

You have been misinformed, my friend. I don't like Disney, I LOVE Disney. Disney was a huge part of my childhood and I attribute my love for all things fantastical, magical and good because of Disney. Disney theme parks are my happy place and while I live far from the nearest park, Disneyland is still considered my second home.

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