Carmelina Marchetta’s writing career took off in 1992 when she published her first novel: Looking For Alibrandi. She later turned the story into a film script. The movie Looking for Alibrandi screened in theatres around Australia and the world from 2000. Her novels have been published in 17 languages in at least 18 countries.  Much of her work evidently draws from real life, including her adolescent experiences and observations of students. Melina lives in Sydney where she writes full time.