Writing about oneself is a rather difficult thing to do. I always find myself wondering what to say. Hmm… well… my favourite film is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; I think that Doctor Who is, without doubt, the greatest television series ever made; and Pet Shop Boys are the most talented pop duo ever to walk the face of this earth.
Perhaps it would be better to have an official bio? Oh, wait — I do. Here it is…
George Ivanoff — Bio
George Ivanoff is an author and stay-at-home dad residing in Melbourne, Australia.
He has written over 100 books for children and teenagers, including fiction and non-fiction. He has written school readers, library reference books, chapter books, novelettes, novels and even a short story collection. He has books on both the Victorian Premier’s and the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists.
His teen science fiction novel, Gamers’ Quest, won a Chronos Award for speculative fiction. The sequel, Gamers’ Challenge, was shortlisted for the same award. And the final book in the Gamers trilogy, Gamers’ Rebellion, also won a Chronos Award.
George’s current series of books is the interactive You Choose series. Twelve titles so far with more on the way. You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove won the 2015 YABBA in the “Fiction for Younger Readers” category; and You Choose: Alien Invasion From Beyond the Stars got an Honour Award in the KOALAs in 2016.
George has also written a series of adventure books for kids — RFDS Adventures. The four books in this series were published in 2016.
George also writes short stories and articles for adults as well as kids. Of all these, he is most proud to have had the opportunity to write a Doctor Who story for the Short Trips: Defining Patterns anthology (Big Finish, UK, 2008).
Occasionally, George has been known to moonlight as an actor. He has had small roles in numerous productions including the television series Neighbours and the feature films Frozen Butterflies and William Kelly’s War. He recently guest starred in an episode of the audio series Night Terrace.
George eats too much chocolate, drinks too much coffee and watches too much Doctor Who. He will sometimes indulge in a nice bottle of wine or a single malt Scotch.
He has one wife, two children, two cats and four chickens. And he is very content!
Awards and honours
You Choose: Alien Invasion From Beyond the Stars (Random House Australia, 2015) — REAL Awards shortlist (Fiction For Younger Readers). [see blog post]
You Choose: Alien Invasion From Beyond the Stars (Random House Australia, 2015) — KOALA Honour Award (Fiction For Younger Readers). [see blog post and video]
Gamers’ Rebellion (Ford Street Publishing, 2013)— winner, Chronos Award (Best Long Fiction)
“Fairy Pie” (Stories for Girls, Random House Australia, 2013) — shortlist for Chronos Award (Best Short Fiction)
“That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed” (Doctor Who and Race, ed: Lindy Orthia, Intellect Books, 2013) — shortlisted for William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
Viewing Clutter — winner, Chronos Award (Best Fan Publication) [see blog post]
Gamers’ Challenge (Ford Street Publishing, 2011)— shortlist for Chronos Award
“Vitality” (Dead Red Heart, ed: Russell B Farr) — Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror Honorable Mentions list
“Trees” (Short and Scary, ed: Karen Tayleur) — Recommended Reading List, Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror
Gamers’ Quest (Ford Street Publishing, 2009)— winner, Chronos Award (Best Short Fiction) [The dividing line between short and long fiction in the Chronos Awards is 40,000 words, and Gamers' Quest is under that limit.]
George is proud to be a member of the following organisations: