Mardi McConnochie is the author of three previous novels: Coldwater
, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize First Novel Award (Pacific region), The Snow Queen
. She has also written two novels for younger readers, Melissa, Queen of Evil
, winner of an Aurealis Award, and Dangerous Games,
plus the new series for middle grade readers, Quest of the Sunfish
. Her TV scriptwriting credits include Home and Away, McLeod's Daughters, Always Greener and Pacific Drive. She lives in Sydney with her partner and fellow novelist, James Bradley, and her two daughters.
As both a reader and a writer I'm interested in stories about women which aren't about the love plot – as a writer I'm interested in women artists and the tug between art and life, the satisfactions of the inner life of work, and the demands of the outside world.