Sulari Gentill went to University to study Astrophysics and came out with a law degree. She’s not quite sure how it happened. Whilst practising law can be, on occasion, creative, they don’t like you to simply make things up…or admit to it anyway. Writing fiction seemed liked a better way to indulge her fondness for fabrication.
Her debut novel, A Few Right Thinking Men was released by Pantera Press in June 2010, and shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Best First Book category. Chasing Odysseus the first book in the Hero Trilogy (based on ancient Greek Myth and Homeric legend) was released in March 2011 and A Decline in Prophets, the second book in the Rowland Sinclair series, in July. A Decline in Prophets won the 2012 Davitt Award for Crime Writing. In 2012 Pantera Press also released Miles off Course and Paving the New Road in the Rowland Sinclair Series, and Trying War the second book in the Hero Trilogy. Paving the New Road was shortlisted for the 2013 Davitt award. The Blood of Wolves, the final book in the Hero Trilogy was released in March 2013. Gentlemen Formerly Dressed, the fifth Rowland Sinclair mystery, was also published in 2013 and will be followed in November this year by A Murder Unmentioned.
In between novels, Sulari’s written the occasional short story. Delivered was placed in the Boroondarra Literary Award and published in its consequent anthology and Anna’s Coat was shortlisted in the Scarlett Stiletto Award. The National Gallery of Victoria commissioned Sulari to write a short crime fiction for the Fashion Detective Exhibition, publishing The Bequest in print and ebook form, as well as featuring the story as part of the exhibition itself.
Before she was published, Sulari won a Varuna Fellowship, was shortlisted in the NSW Genre Fiction Award and longlisted in the Hachette Livre Manuscript prize.
Sulari lives with her husband Michael and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in Batlow where she grows French Black Truffles and writes… a lot. Currently she’s working on a new novel that has neither genre nor title—which makes it a little awkward to describe—and is contemplating the next Rowland Sinclair book, as well as a new series or two… maybe three.