I'm Astrid Scholte, a YA author living in Melbourne, Australia with a passion for science fiction, fantasy and everything in between. My books are a little dark, a bit twisty and a whole lot of fun. My debut book, FOUR DEAD QUEENS was released on the 26th of February 2019 by Putnam/Penguin Random House and on the 4th of March with Allen & Unwin (ANZ). Expect ruthless thieves, sordid black markets, a golden palace, daring heists, royal intrigue, noble messengers, forbidden love, four queens—each with a secret, and, of course, murrrrderrrrrr.


Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She’s spent the last ten years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron’s Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and George Miller’s Happy Feet Two. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her fiancé and two cats, Lilo and Mickey.


Her debut YA novel, Four Dead Queens, is an international bestseller. The Vanishing Deep was released on the 3rd of March 2020 with Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House. Other territories can be found here. Next up is LEAGUE OF LIARS in Fall 2021.

You can find her posting about books, cats and Disney on Twitter and Instagram @AstridScholte

Photo: Rebecca Taylor


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