My Bio

Yggdrasil body art by Mark S Holsworth (http://melbourneartcritic.wordpress.com)

I’ve had a variety of careers, including fruit picker and Occult librarian and lived in Germany and Denmark for a decade.  Now I’m back in my beloved Melbourne and working for the railways.

I’ve published 3 books as me – Mage Heart and the Aurealis award winners Fire Angels and Aramaya, and one book as Rebecca Locksley – The Three Sisters. All have recently been re-released as ebooks under my own name.  My short stories
have been widely anthologized, appeared in Meanjin and read on the ABC.My favourite writers are Jane Austen, Angela Carter, Sara Douglass, Janet Evanovich, and Gail Carriger.

My current life ambition is to see an erupting volcano.

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2000 Nominated for a Ditmar Award for “To Avalon

1999 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel for Aramaya.

1998 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel for Fire Angels

1989 Winner Moonee Valley Library Short Story Competition for “Red Roses






Mage Heart

Provincial and naive – and a powerful mage – young Dion is an innocent adrift in a world of intrigues and treacheries with hungry demons lurking just beyond its borders.  And now she has been called up to protect the Dukes favorite mistress : the extraordinary Kitten Avignon, Our Lady of Roses.  The mesmerizing courtesan is a woman in dire peril, stalked by a necromancer who will not sleep until his beautiful prey suffers horribly.



“One of the genres bright new stars… Routley produces a fantasy that can be read for more than myth or pyrotechnics… While many fantasists simply add magic to political intrigue, Routley’s are noteworthy for the natural and inevitable intertwining of the two.  Well drawn backgrounds and characters add to the appeal.” Publishers Weekly

“A highly original romatic fantasy ” – Cherry Wilder, author of Signs of Life

Print edition from Ticonderoga Publications through Indie Books Online http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=131

Ebook edition : http://clandestinepress.com.au

Fire Angels

An accomplished fantasy of maturity and depth, Routley’s second novel (after Mage Heart) continues the story of Dion Holyhands, raised by a stern foster father to develop her outstanding magical powers.  Here, Dion is re-introduced to the extended family she had lost and continues her coming of age, including renewed battle against her lover and foe the demon Bedazzer.  Dion is a strong character but often overcome by self-doubt and guilt.  Aided by the gypsylike Wanderers, she finds that her magic has destined her for a central role in the government of her homeland, Moria. Publishers Weekly




Print edition from Ticonderoga Publications through Indie Books Online http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=131

Ebook edition : http://clandestinepress.com.au




The third outing (after Fire Angels) of the mage Dion Holyhands…takes her across the ocean to the land of Aramaya, the centre of civilization and she suspects, the current home of her missing niece Syndal… Dion and her friend Kitten survive the shipwreck to reach Akieva… Dion’s niece turns out to be in thrall to a powerful conspiracy of necromancers. Like its predecessors, the book combines romance, mystery and adventure in a fantasy setting…

Routley deserves credit for superior world-building and above average characterization… covering familiar ground with more aplomb than many of her collegues.  Publishers Weekly




Print edition from Ticonderoga Publications through Indie Books Online http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=131

Ebook edition : http://clandestinepress.com.au




The Three Sisters

Once the Tari – a mysterious race of visionaries and healers whose power has since faded to legend – ruled in Yarmar.  Then the armies of the Mir came to destroy and enslave.  Now in their relentless drive for domination, the cruel Mirayan Prince Scarvan and his loyal duke Wolf Madraga have both claimed a prize beyond compare. She is called Elena Starchild, the bewitching wife of a newly slain woodlands leader.  She is Tari, possessing a “fatal beauty”  that confounds and obsesses her captors.

Drawn from their island home by a sisters plight, a warrior and a sorceress return to an oppressed land, carrying with them the magic of hope, spirit and glorious rebellion.  But there are shadows in their own pasts that first must be conquered before a prisoner is freed… and a mighty destiny can come to pass.

“Rebecca Locksley writes with a freshness and vigor rare in today’s crowded market.  Her characters are a dexterous mixture of the astute, the delightful, and the deceptive, displaying the full range of human weakness and wonder – no wonder the plot glides forward so effortlessly.”  Sara Douglass




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“This earth is rotten to the core and humanity is just a mass of maggots … And now I, Malov Symina, am going to become the biggest maggot of them all”

For ten years the peace negotiated by the Tari has held firm.  But greedy eyes watch in the distance, coveting the peaceful lands of Yarmar and even the Tari themselves.  A new demon master rises bringing pollution and violence.  When Yani the Raven is kidnapped, sorceress Marigoth and her companion Ezratah are drawn to Armaya and a trap set by a brutal necromancer and his insane sister.  Meanwhile Elena Starchild’s daughter Alyx, heir to the throne of the Mori finds herself wounded and on the run in a forest full of dark magic. And in the company of a bitter Mirayan enemy.

Can the insular Tari dreaming in the secret land of Ermora be awoken before the demon fire consumes them?  And can a Melded Child bring harmony in clasped hands before it is too late?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Melded-Child-Jane-Routley/dp/0646971360/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1523356295&sr=1-4










Short Stories

“The Goddess Wakes” (1995) in She’s Fantastical (ed. Lucy Sussex and Judith Buckrich)

“The Empty Quarter” (1996) in Dream Weavers (ed. Paul Collins)

“Stealing the Seed” (1997) in Eidolon, Issue 24, Autumn 1997 (ed. Jonathan Strahan, Jeremy G.Byrne, Richard Scriven)

“To Avalon” (1998) in Dreaming Down-Under (ed. Jack Dann, Janeen Webb)

“City of Whirlwinds” (1998) in Fantastic Worlds (ed. Paul Collins)

“Liars Brooch” (2001) in Spinouts (ed. Paul Collins)

“A New Creation” (2002) in Meanjin. Volume 61, Number 3 2002 (ed. Michael McGirr)

“Celia” (2007) in Cicada Vol. 10 No 2, Nov/Dec 2007 (ed. Marianne Carus)

“The Seal Wife” in (2010) Roar and Thunder Speculative Fiction Magazine http://roarandthunder.com.au

“Bats” (2011) in Dead Red Heart : Australian Vampire Stories (ed. Russell B.Farr)


Station Stories

Like many writers I have another life. In my case I work as a station host at a Melbourne railway station.  I actually love this job and all the public transporty things that come with it.  I get to see a microcosm of the world pass through my station every day and thousands of little stories unfold for my delectation.  I’ve started sharing some of them and a few non-station stories that take my fancy on Facebook.  Why not join me there on my facebook page? Or subscribe to my news page to receive new station stories



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  1. Hello, I read The Three Sisters years ago and have been checking every year for the sequel…i didn’t realize that you had also written another of my favorite books (Mage Heart)…I am eager to read more and would love to know when you may be planning on having another book to follow up The Three Sisters…

    • Thank you for writing. Great to hear from you.
      Clandestine Press are interested in bringing out the Three Sisters and the follow up book the Melded Child later this year.
      I’m also working on another book too.
      I’ll keep you posted
      Jane Routley

      • This is excellent news. I just finished reading The Three Sisters again last night and it makes me so happy to see that a sequel might finally be coming so I can find out what happens next 🙂

        • i just finished reading the three sisters and i was wondering if the next book has come out yet u said early last year it would be out by the end of 2012. Has the sequel come out yet?

          • Thank you for writing. Its good to hear from you and good encouragement to get cracking on. I shall try and have the books ready for publication in the next couple of months. I apologize for my slow work. Other things mostly money earning got in the way.

  2. Hi, I love your Dion books (a friend got me onto them because we shared the same name) and would love to know will you write anymore on what happens with Dion and Kitten?

    • Dear Dion,
      Thats cool about the name. Thanks so much for writing. Its not out of the question that I write more about Dion and Kitten at some future time (There’s plenty more to happen to them) but I’m hard at work on some books set in another world at the moment. I’m calling the first one Shadow in the Empire of Light. I hope you’ll enjoy them despite the lack of name 🙂

  3. Wow!! Your books look really interesting. The stories sound really great. I would love to read it.

    Thanks for this giveaway and Happy Australia Day 🙂


  4. Hi!

    I have a question regarding “The Three Sisters”: Are the Tari people some sort of Elven or Elf-like creations or some sort of “pseudo-Elfs” in your original take on the “High Fantasy”-genre?

    • Thank you so much for writing. Sorry for the slow reply. I’m just preparing The Three Sisters and its unpublished sequel the Melded Child for epublication and its taking longer than I thought it would. I’m interested in playing with fantasy genre cliches and so yes the Tari and the Klementari of the Dion Chronicles are indeed drawn from Elves. In the Dion Chronicles, I wanted to make them like gypsys only fair skinned and fair haired and I think that lead me to making them like elves and they grew from there. In traditional folklore they are nature spirits which lead to me creating death angels as opponents for them. Its great how much you can draw from traditional ideas once you start questioning and playing with them.

      • Thank you for your (not alarmingly late) reply! I do look forward to the sequel to them 3 Sista´s…what I really liked about the novel was the superb rendering of the different peoples & cultures and how the different cultural & psychological mind-sets of the character played out in the narrative…I could go on and on about the awsomness of your authoring/writing skills, but I think you get the picture! Keep it up and please let me/us know about when the sequel is “out and about”!

        • Thank you for your patience. I have finally managed to organise the sequel to The Three Sisters if you are interested. Its called the Melded Child and is available on Amazon.

  5. I did not realize you had written anything under a different name! Now I immediately must find Three Sisters as Mage Hart is one of my all time favorites.

    • Thanks very much for writing. I’m so delighted you liked Mage Heart. I’ve almost finished re-editing Three Sisters so that it can come out as an ebook with its as yet unpublished sequel The Melded Child. The two books were originally meant as a prequel to the Dion Chronicles.

  6. Jane, your books have fueled a life that I couldn’t have dreamed of. I’ve been a fan and champion of Dion for years? is there more? Will the child of magic have yet another call to defend the barriers of the worlds? I hope your life is full if these dreams (for my sake) and thank you for giving this story breath.

    • So sorry I don’t seem to have replied to this kind remark. Thank you very much for making it. I’m not currently writing more about Dion. Still struggling to work and write and get things published.

  7. Hello Jane
    What a beautiful site! and I do not need to ask how it is going with your writing career.
    I am well and busy, want to get out 3rd art book of 4 (1st on my website under Books/The Creative Eye, drawing visition and the brain) hence this Kickstart project – here is the link –

    Do send on to anyone you think might be interested.
    We are about half now and hoping for the best – we are going ahead anyway.
    Do you ever come to this side of the world?

    Son Daniel is doing well with his paintings and has connections now to NY and Vancouver – exciting – http://www.danielgoldenberg.dk . Jenny was here tis summerbut I missed her. as I was as usual in Canada.

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  9. Any idea when The Three Sisters is going to be published in ebook format? Or better yet the sequel. it’s been years since there’s been any news, have you given up on it?

    • Thanks for asking. Sorry for the slow reply. I’ve been finishing off a new book. I’m sorry the sequel is so slow in coming. The small press publisher and I have just choosen a nice cover for the Three Sisters so we are slowly pushing forward.
      Hopefully it really will be out this year.
      Thanks for you patience.

      • Hi Sara,
        Thanks for writing back in 2014 I have finally managed to organize publication of the sequel to the Three Sisters. Its called The Melded Child and is available on Amazon

  10. Hi Jane,
    I came across Mage Heart a few years ago, and reread it last week. I wasn’t aware there were sequels til now, and have been trying to find a copy of them, but alas, cannot find any.
    Do you know of any libraries that stock copies? Or a bookshop that I could purchase it from?

  11. Loved your three sisters novel. Have been dying for years to read the sequel. Your writing style is truly captivating and no matter how many times I read your stories I am always enthraled with the world and characters you bring to life.

    • Thanks for your kind thoughts. Its great to hear from you and I’m so glad you enjoyed The Three Sisters. I am slowly pushing the sequal to Three Sisters forward. Small publishing companys like Clan Destine Press often have a lot on their plate and can move slowly. I hope something will happen soon.
      Thanks again for writing and all the best

  12. Just finished Allyse’s book and saw your name in the acknowledgements which explained the quirky aussie feel.
    Would love to catch up.
    Your old Christiania neighbours,
    Regina and Anthony

  13. Jane……
    I know this is going to sound stupid…..but it’s 2018 (Happy New Year).
    Where is the sequel to “The Three Sisters”…..?? I can’t find it anywhere, and I would definitely like to read a follow up on “Sisters”…….Is the title still the “Melded Child”….or has it been changed??
    In any event…..”Still Patiently Waiting”……
    All The Best…..

    • Hi Dave,
      Thank you so much for asking. As it happens I am hoping to self publish it early this year. I’ve got it laid out an am just waiting for the cover. Things are always a bit slow this time of year.
      So thank you very much for the nudge! It really helps.
      Happy New Year to you too.

          • Jane……
            I just left a review of the “Melded Child” on Amazon.
            Loved the book, it was worth the wait.
            I won’t give out any spoilers here (go read the book, especially if you have read “The Three Sisters”). But I well recommend that anyone grabbing up the “Melded Child”
            go and re-read from chapter 30 to the end of “The Three Sisters” (it’s a good review of how “Sisters” ends). By The way, Both Books “The Three Sisters” and “The Melded Child” are outstanding.
            Pssstt….Hey Jane..!!!
            When’s book three coming out…???

  14. Hey Jane……
    Got It, Read It………Great Book…..!!!
    Left a review on Amazon for the book.
    Highly recommend it, especially if someone has read “The Three Sisters”, then you want to read “The Melded Child”……

    All The Best….
    Hope winter is going well for you…..

    • Thank you very very much. So kind of you. My winter is going well. About to start a few weeks of sitting at home, writing and watching TV. Woo Hoo! Hope yours going well too.

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