I’m the author of the Rephaim series. The Undercurrent, a stand-alone speculative thriller set in near-future Australia, will be released by Text Publishing in August 2017.

New_Paula WestonFor my day job, I’m a writer-journalist-professional communicator, where my writing involves a lot less profanity.

I grew up in regional South Australia and now live in Brisbane with my husband.

If you’re interested in how I came to land a publishing deal, you can read the short version in this post from August 2011. There’s a longer version (in a guest post) here.




For all publicity enquiries in Australia:
Text Publishing
Nadja Poljo – Publicist
(03) 8610 4538

For all publicity enquiries in the United Kingdom:
Hachette Children’s Group

For all publicity enquiries in North America:
Tundra Books/Random House Canada

For event and school bookings (talks, workshops etc) in Australia:
Booked Out
P: (03) 9824 0177

My literary agent:
Lyn Tranter
Australian Literary Management


59 thoughts on “Me

  1. Just finished reading Shadows and absolutely loved it! I’m hanging out for Book 2 so hope you’re busy writing and ignoring housework and gardening in favour of creation. I think the scenery, characters and storyline were so real and easily believable. The only disappointment was to get to the end of the book too soon. Please keep writing!

    • Hi Fiona,
      So glad you enjoyed Shadows. And yes, there’s not a lot of housework or gardening going on here…Book 2 (Haze) is well under way, with the first draft down and serious editing about to start in coming weeks. Thanks so much for your comments. 🙂

  2. I started reading shadows, 3 pgs in and i was obsessed, im not kidding. 10 pgs in and i couldn’t wait for school to end to read more when i got home! Now up to pg 64! IT IS REALLY REALLY AWESOMEEEE!!!!!!!!

    I find many paranormal romance books to be too similar, but this one is different, its got an edge that other paranormal romance books dont have. its really really addictive!

    Finally a girl who is totally bad ass! HEEHEEHEE

    and the best thing is…. ITS SET IN AUSTRALIA ! it can’t get much better than that!

    And the writing is superb, ESPECIALLY for a first novel too!

    oh and i haven’t even finished it yet! 😀 i better get back to reading it!

  3. I just finished reading Shadows! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
    i thought it was great, then it got a million times better! like…..WOW
    I seriously can’t believe i have to wait till NEXT YR to read Haze. I agree with the first comment, The only bad part was getting to the end.
    You are an amazing authour and are totally going to rock this world with the more books that you write! 😀 I give Shadows 5/5 stars!

  4. Hey Paula, My Friend Christina could not stop talking about this book and i she made me read it and im glad she did! It was absolutly fantastic! i read it in under two days and i was so sad when it was over! And i REALLY want Gaby to get her memory back haha she sounds like Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy who happens to be my favorite girl main character ever! and you can just tell it would get so hectic!! anyway i leave you to writing the next book! hope lifes great!
    Much Obliged,

  5. Christina’s comments made me feel all warm and wobbly inside. That might disconcert some other readers but I think you’ll know what I mean. What validation!!!! Wow. I’m thrilled for you. Have been following the publicity for some time and think it’s wonderful. If people only knew the heartache and persistence of your journey, they’d be amazed. Funny thing, eh: the harder you work, the luckier you get. I think you’ve already earned a whole lot more luck and it must surely be on its way. Enjoy. Very best wishes, David.

  6. I tend to get excited about aussie authors making it big and … SHADOWS WAS THE FIRST BOOK THAT I READ IN ONE NIGHT!!!! I CAN’T WAIT FOR HAZE!!!!! and Thank you so much for your hard work in writing such an amazing book!!!

  7. hey Paula! i finally got around to reading Shadows now that school is over and i’m so glad that i waited for the holidays as i got to completely dive into the book and escape for a while into the world of angels and demons. I loved it and i can’t wait to recommend to everyone to go ahead and read it! hope to see you in the book shop sometime soon (vic point A&R) 🙂 looking forward to reading Haze already!

  8. I am in love with Shadows i could not put it down once i started and read it in one night! I have now read it so many times i could probably quote most of it all by heart. I found it at the library i really dont want to take it back but i dont think ill be able to extend my loan anymore! Thats why my own copy is on the top of my christmas list. I can not wait for the next book my mind is spinning about what may or may not happen. One of the best things about this book is that its Australian. Ive waited for a long time for an aussie writer to capture my interest and you have finally done that for me. So thank you and i do escape from the other stuff in life every time i read it.

  9. I was thrilled when I found out the setting of the book was in Australia, because I rarely read any book where the hero/heroine is from my country. I loved the characters and the plot was unforgettable. A bad-ass heroine who had lost her memory, was searching for her twin brother and was considered a legend among the Rephaim was just what I needed. Thank you and can’t wait for the next book!

  10. Hi Paula,

    I dedicated 5 hours yesterday to reading ‘Shadows’, and I felt compelled to drop you a line to thank you for writing such a refreshing read! I usually devour urban fantasy/paranormal fiction by skim reading, however every word you wrote held my attention and contributed to the film I was creating in my head.
    I didn’t realise you were an Australian author until a wallaby turned up in the story – I wonder if this adds to the fresh way you write? I was able to picture the locations with ease and felt more connected to the characters than I have in a very long time – thank you!

    Best, best wishes 🙂

    Starr 🙂

  11. I’m from the US why is it not available here until September 10th and why is te kindle edition $10.99 when in the UK its $4.99

    • So I forgot that it is pounds not dollars but still why doesn’t it come out earlier I really don’t want to wait until September

      • Hello. My books are published by different publishing houses in different parts of the world, and they each have different release schedules and pricing structures. The timing of the US release is based on the release schedule of my North American publisher (Tundra). I have no control over release timing or pricing…Sorry for the wait!

  12. Hi Paula! My name is Taylah and i’m in year 8, and i just wanted you to know how much I LOVED the Rephaim series! I read Shadows last year, me and my friends were obsessed with it! We were crazy about it and couldn’t believe we had to wait so long for the next installment. But now that Haze is finally here I know the wait was worth it, Haze is amazing! Do you know an approximate date that the 3rd book will be released? Thankyou for writing such a great story, I really enjoyed it, can’t wait for the next one! xxx

    • Hi Taylah,
      Thanks for the message! So glad you and your friends are enjoying the series. Book 3 (which is called Shimmer) should be out around this time next year. Sorry for the wait, but I’m still writing it! There will be four books all up, and they’ll all end up coming out about a year apart. I’d write faster if I could. 🙂

  13. Hi paula,
    i simply loved both the books… they have quite a different take to them, than all the other nephilim related books… i finished both the books in 2 days straight, as i couldn’t put it down. i am just keeping my fingers crossed for the 3rd one, hoping if u could possibly release it early and i would also like to give both the books 5 on 5 stars 😀

  14. Hi Paula, I came across your books quite by accident on the weekend and must say I have really enjoyed the series thus far. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings for the characters, in particular, Gabe/Gaby. The way in which you have let her two personalities develop and join to become a new identity altogether is fascinating. Thank you for sharing your stories with us readers – it is always exciting to find an Australian authoress that writes with such passion.

  15. I found the first book on iTunes 2 days ago and have just read the entire series since then. I started Shimmer about 5 hours ago and have just finished so I went online to find the next one and I had no idea Shimmer only just came out! I’m devastated that I need to wait for the fourth book!! Please tell me it’s not too far away?! It’s a fantastic series and I can’t wait to see/read what happens next. As an Australian it’s been comforting to read about familiar places, I’m the kind of person who can’t put a book down and will read well into the night despite an early start tomorrow and a splitting headache. Hence why I’m writing here at 2:30am after spending the last hour online looking for the next instalment 🙂 it’s a compliment to you and your writing style and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
    Thanks so much,
    Hannah 🙂

    • Hi Hannah,
      Thanks so much for that awesome message! And yes, Shimmer only came out yesterday, so (deep breath), Burn won’t be out until around this time next year…. I’m still writing it! But it’s well advanced, if that’s any consolation. I don’t have a definitive release date, but I imagine it will be around June again. Sorry about that! I hope your headache has settled and you got some last night. 🙂 Thanks again for the message.

    • I so agree with you but I am still in school so I have to get some sleep. I fou d it so hard to put these books down, trust me it took a lot of will power. And I just can’t wait for Burn to come out.

  16. I am so EXCITED for burn to come out. I’ve actually got butterflies and its not coming out for like 7 months.
    Goodness I just can’t wait.
    Paula western is an AMAZING writer and has me hooked so bad on her books.
    I have a feeling that I will read these books many times over.

  17. Hi Paula
    I just finished the fourth book in the rephaite series and wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read your note at the end and you mentioned you don’t write full time. I love your writing, it’s refreshing, amusing and whisked me away into the world of the rephaim immediately. Please write more books! I can’t wait to read them. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

  18. Hi Paula
    I just wanted to tell you that I have read all four of your books and absolutely love them to bits.
    I also wanted to say that I think you should write a fifth book because in the fourth book you said that there is going to be another war. I believe that you should have a fifth book where this war commences.
    I know that you may not want to write another book for fear of it being to much or maybe you now want to focus on another book, but I ask that that you ask some of the fans of the books if they also think that should be another book for this reason.
    Thank you for your time and please take my suggestion into consideration.
    Yours sincerely Gretta Condon.

    • Hi Gretta,
      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, I really appreciate it. Without getting too spoilery, I intentionally left some of the ‘bigger world’ plot threads open at the end of Burn due to the nature of the Rephaim series. A full-scale war at the end would have felt at odds with the ‘personal’ feel of the other books and – you’re right – would have taken another book to tell. I also didn’t want to wrap everything up too neatly because life’s not like that. 🙂 Having said all that, I do love these characters, and I do wonder how things will be for them down the track. That’s not to say that I definitely will write another book (I do have other ideas to explore first!), but I know there might be scope for other stories in some capacity. Either way, I love that you care enough about the story and the characters to want it. So thank you again. 🙂

  19. Thank you for replying and for writing the stories and I really hope that another book is written somewhere down the line.
    Also I totally agree with you when you say that life isn’t all wrapped up neatly in a box.
    This series is a series I will read over and over I can just tell, so again thank you for sharing this story with everyone.

  20. Hi – My 14 year old daughter was given Shadows for Christmas. I read it after her rave reviews. And i loved it just as much as she did. We live in the US, so it took me a while to track down the other 3 books online as I was too impatient to wait for the US release dates. Now we are super sad that the series is over as we both fell in love with all of the characters. You are an amazing writer. I’m sure this question has been posed many times, but I promised my daughter I would ask. Is there any chance you would do a book based on Jude and/or Rafa’s perspective? Thanks so much for the enjoyable read!!

    • Thanks so much for the message 🙂 It’s always lovely to hear when readers enjoy the series. I don’t have any immediate plans to write further books in that world, but I never say never. And, as I’ve said before, I love the world and the characters so who knows! If I did, the story would definitely be from a different character/s’ perspective… In the meantime, I’m working on a brand new stand alone novel that will be published in Australia next year, which is really starting to come together now. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  21. Totally rad books, your hard-work and dedication to writing is truly inspiring. I was just rereading Haze and was wondering if you’ll ever do little ‘extras’ regarding Jude and Rafa straight after they leave the Sanctuary ( was intrigued by Ez saying that leaving Gabe behind ripped their hearts out). Anyway, thank you for writing such a fantastic series, it is one I am not planning on forgetting anytime soon.

    • Thanks Megan – I really appreciate that! I must confess I do occasionally daydream about scenes involving Rephaim characters, and small ‘extras’ would probably be a good way to play around with those. I have my plate full at the moment with the new book I’m working on, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out dabbling in that word again, even if it’s just for a bit of fun down the track. Thanks again for your message. 🙂

  22. I’ve been in love with this series for years, any chance they’ll be released as audiobooks?? I already sent a request through Audible…fingers crossed!

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