Emma Viskic

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Emma Viskic
GenreCrime fiction

Emma Viskic is an Australian novelist and musician.[1]


Viskic grew up near the Melbourne suburb of Frankston[2]. Her father is from Dalmatia and her mother is Irish-Australian from Tasmania.[2]

Viskic won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2016 for Resurrection Bay[3], and the Davitt Awards for Best Adult Novel, best debut novel and readers' choice in 2016 for Resurrection Bay[4], as well as the Davitt Award for Best Adult Novel in 2018 for And Fire Came Down.[5]

The Caleb Zelic series has been optioned for television adaptation in the US.[5]

Personal life[edit]

She is married with two grown daughters.[2]

Viskic trained in classical clarinet at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Rotterdam Conservatorium in The Netherlands[6] before working as a chamber musician[2][7], including performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.[1]


Caleb Zelic Series[edit]

  • Resurrection Bay (2015)
  • And Fire Came Down (2017)
  • Darkness for Light (2019)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Emma Viskic". Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  2. ^ a b c d Cosic, Miriam (2019-11-30). "The long and winding road that leads to Emma Viskic's gritty fiction". The Age. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  3. ^ "Winners". Australian Crime Writers Association. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  4. ^ Steger, Jason (2016-08-26). "It's a crime spree as Emma Viskic snaffles four writing awards". The Age. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  5. ^ a b "Sisters in Crime: Davitt Awards 2018". The Booktopian. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  6. ^ "Emma Viskic answers Booktopia's Ten Terrifying Questions". The Booktopian. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  7. ^ "How crime writing is like music: Emma Viskic's secrets for writing a lyrical, rhythmic crime novel | Sisters in Crime Australia". Retrieved 2020-01-01.