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An Australian outback childhood, free of the dumbing effect of television, has been my chief inspiration and education.
I have written for glossy lifestyle magazines, and my short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in a range of publications, including anthologies by Wakefield Press and Granta.

Whatever I happen to be working at, my real job is always writing.

I hold an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. My first novel Nights In The Asylum was published by Vintage (Australia) and Picador UK in 2007. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the 2008 Nita B. Kibble Award for Women Writers and the 2009 Peoples' Choice Award. If You Were Mine was published by Vintage in 2008. A non-fiction title, Quiet City: Walking in West Terrace Cemetery was published by Wakefield Press in 2016.

I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, and member of the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. In 2016 I was the recipient of the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and am currently Writer-in-Residence at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.