Carmel Reilly is writer of works for adults and children. She is the author of over 300 educational titles of fiction and non-fiction, which have been published in Australia and internationally. In 2011 she was the winner of the Queen of Crime short story competition and was the recipient of a Varuna fellowship for writing in 2016. Her first novel, Life before, was published in May 2019. New Zealand-born, Carmel now lives in Melbourne Australia.