Catherine McKinnon has a background in film and theatre, and has written, directed and helped develop many new Australian plays. Originally from Adelaide, where she worked for the Red Shed Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, she moved to Sydney to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at UTS. While completing her first novel, she worked as a director and tutor at the University of Wollongong and at Flinders University, South Australia. In 2006 she won the Penguin/Australian Women’s Weekly prize for short-story writing for ‘Haley and the Sea’. She is currently working on her second novel and is completing a PhD at Flinders University.