Story and illustrations by Ia Uaro.
Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story.
2013 Finalist in Humor
Ia Uaro is an Australian author.
A mum who does several kinds of volunteer work for the community in Sydney, Ia Uaro is manuscript assessor, book reviewer, author interviewer and humorous real-life socio-fiction author.
Ia was born in the beautiful and remote, world's widest tea plantation by Mount Kerinci in Sumatra where her dad was the plantation's accountant, her mum a teacher. Her dad died when Ia was 13, and Ia moved across the ocean.
She proceeded to become the busiest teen ever: playing in a drum band, tutoring maths, learning languages including English as the fifth language, and, at 17, a teen magazine published Ia's first Young Adult fiction as a serial. Inundated by her fans' letters, the publisher printed it as a book, which was subsequently bought by the Indonesian Department of Education for high-school libraries.
Ia used the proceeds to help fund her university studies, during which time she was active in aero-modelling, martial arts, mountaineering, speleology... and studied petroleum seismology among her music-playing friends. After her graduation Ia worked with French, Norwegian and American geophysical companies, besides being a volunteer translator.
Her husband, who suffers permanent partial brain damage, says Ia now sleep-talks in English.
Biography of Ia Uaro,
author of Sydney's Song,
real-life socio fiction.
"Riveting... a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her."—
"Sydney's Song is engaging. A grace, determination and resilience that are inspiring."—
JANET JENSEN, author