Thank you for visiting my website. I’m in the process of refreshing it, so please accept my apologies for some clunkiness while I sort it out.

This is what I do:


My first novel, Tiger Stone, was selected by the International Youth Library for its White Ravens Catalogue in 2015 and was highly recommended in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time. A sequel is in the pipeline.

My non-fiction writing has appeared in The AgeInside IndonesiaPractical Literacy and other publications. I write about culture, with a focus on Asia, the Pacific and intercultural encounters. I also write educational texts, particularly Indonesian language learning materials – keep an eye on my blog if you’re an Indonesian teacher, I’m working on a project that might interest you…

If you would like to book me for a speaking event or workshop, please contact Creative Net Speakers Agency.


I am accredited as an editor by the Institute of Professional Editors Australia and I am Commissioning Editor for Fine Print Journal. Please contact me to find out about copy editing and proof reading services.


I currently teach Indonesian to 5- to 12-year-olds and have previously taught Indonesian and English to children, teens and adults in Australia and Indonesia. I’m registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and have run a variety of writing workshops including a flash fiction workshop for teens at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and IndonesiaZine, a travelling zine-writing workshop in Java and Sulawesi.


I’m accredited by NAATI (the National Accreditation Agency for Translators and Interpreters) to translate from Indonesian into English. I translated some short stories for the Makassar International Writers Festival and it was a joy to help Indonesian writers gain a wider audience. Please contact me if you have a translation project you would like to discuss.

5 Replies to “Welcome”

  1. Hello, greetings Mrs./Ms. Deryn Mansell! I’m Allie and I’m a big fan of Tiger Stone. I adore how you write your characters and how vivid their personalities are. I also happen to like historical fiction books, and when I realize that the setting was in the Hindu-Buddha kingdoms in Indonesia, I became really happy.

    I can’t wait for the sequel. I would really like to see more adventures of Kancil and Kitchen Boy. Thank you very much!

    1. Hello Allie,

      Thank you for getting in touch and for your kind words. I’m really happy that you like Tiger Stone. Apologies for not writing a sequel yet – I tried but the story escaped me. I hope I will find the thread again and comments like yours do inspire me to keep at it! Thanks again for your message – you have made my day!

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