24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Anna Snoekstra

Anna was born in Canberra, Australia. At the age of seventeen she decided to avoid a full time job and a steady wage to move to Melbourne and become a writer. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University. After finishing university, Anna wrote for independent films and fringe theatre, and directed music videos. During this time, she worked as a cheese monger, a waitress, a barista, a nanny, a receptionist, a cinema attendant and a film reviewer. Anna now lives with her husband, cat and two housemates and works full time writing.


Canberra Writers Festival events

Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back!

Saturday 26th August 2017, 4:00pm. Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia
Tickets: FREE, but bookings required for capacity.



Canberra's Big Book Club

Sunday 27th August 2017, 1:00pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Free, but bookings required for capacity.


About the book

ONLY DAUGHTER (September, 2016)

In Anna Snoekstra’s dark and edgy debut, a young woman slips easily into the life of a girl missing eleven years, only to discover the grisly truth behind the disappearance.  Will she be the next victim?  Truly distinctive and tautly told, ONLY DAUGHTER welcomes a thrilling new voice in crime fiction. — Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl.

ONLY DAUGHTER by Anna Snoekstra is a dark meditation on the secrets we keep about our families and about ourselves. Twisty, slippery, and full of surprises, this web of lies will ensnare you and keep you riveted until you’ve turned the final page. — Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone.

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared. 

She'd been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come. 

Eleven years later she is replaced.

A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec. 

Soon the imposter is living Bec's life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends' names. Playing with her twin brothers.

But Bec's welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the imposter dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter—and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.

As the pretender walks in Rebecca’s shoes, she realises that whoever is responsible for Bec’s disappearance is still in her life.

In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman’s dark past becomes another’s deadly future.

Only Daughter is published by Harlequin.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.

LITTLE SECRETS (November 2017)

What happens when ambition trumps the truth?

A town reeling in the wake of tragedy.
An aspiring journalist desperate for a story.
Little dolls full of secrets.

An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town’s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside.

The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn’t nearly enough to cover rent. Rose needs a story—a big one.

In the weeks after the courthouse fire, precise porcelain replicas of Colmstock’s daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town’s already fractured police force.

Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose’s attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbour turns on neighbour and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed."

Little Secrets is published by Harlequin.

Pre-order this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

Anna's Instagram.

Anna's Tumblr.

Only Daughter, Anna Snoekstra's debut novel set in Canberra, is bound for Hollywood, The Canberra Times, August 2016.

Anna Snoekstra's big break: debut novel heads for a Hollywood movie with Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 2016.

Only Daughter review: Anna Snoekstra's psychological thriller with a double edge, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 2016.

Working with Words: Anna Snoekstra, The Wheeler Centre, August 2016.



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