Cassandra Frances

Writer and professional pyjamas wearer.
Weaving the gothic into fantasy in Young Adult and Children’s stories.

About me

I write about ghosts, creepy sisters and friends, what happens ‘out there,’ what we won’t talk about, and bad love with some good kissing.

I am an emerging writer based in Melbourne, Australia. I take a lot of inspiration from this city as well as country Victoria where I grew up.

I’ve always been a storyteller of some sort. I started out in theatre as a kid, (my greatest role was a weasel in Wind in the Willows), studied Film and Television at RMIT University, and worked for a small animation company making some weird little movies.

Now I’m a graduate of the The University of Melbourne’s Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing. I like to tell stories about the darker side of life that exists on the edge of reality... and sometimes outside of it. I have collected books like these that I love on Nyctophilia, my little night garden of dark and creepy books.

I’m also an Aurealis magazine slush pile reader, and was a judge for the 2016 Aurealis Award for best illustrated book or graphic novel.

Photo portrait of writer Cassandra Frances

Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing

The University of Melbourne, 2014–2015

I graduated with First Class Honours. My thesis was on sisterhood in gothic fiction.

Bachelor of Psychology

Swinburne University, 2011–2013

I went on exchange to Aalborg University in Denmark, where I studied Metafiction and Twentieth-Century Literature.