Mega-author’s life of Reilly in resort


Fans of Australia’s top author Matthew Reilly will be able to read about Queenstown’s rugged landscape in his next yet-to-be-penned novel. 

The 10-times international best-seller has been inspired by Cecil Peak for another action thriller while on holiday in the resort two weeks ago. 

“I look at this view and I’m thinking of a certain story which requires a dramatic landscape,” he tells Mountain Scene

“You get a ring of moun-tains, a lake, then a central mountain – look for that landscape in a future Matthew Reilly book because that will be the landscape for a setting for a book.” 

Sydney-based Reilly, 36, reveals his highly-anticipated 11th novel Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, due out October 12, was inspired by his first-ever visit to Queenstown last year. 

While staying at luxury Fernhill lodge Azur, he discovered a collection of National Geographic magazines and read through them during a week that rained nonstop. 

“The story of Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves is set in the arctic at an old Soviet weapons installation which has fallen into disrepair, which is something I had read about in the magazines.” 

Reilly’s books are published in more than 20 languages and he’s sold more than four million copies worldwide. 

His latest book, The Five Greatest Warriors, sold more copies in 2009 than prolific Aussie writer Bryce Courtenay’s book The Story of Danny Dunn

Disney studios bought the film rights to Reilly’s book Hover Car Racer in 2004 and another film company wants to turn his 2003 novel Scarecrow into a Hollywood blockbuster. 

Reilly’s discovered Queenstown is the perfect place to relax with wife Natalie after an intense year of writing.
He’s planning on becoming a member of exclusive Arrowtown golf course The Hills. 

“I could see us coming here for three months of the year, to write.”