Rachel Leary grew up in Tasmania then moved to Melbourne in 2003 having enrolled in the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Rachel has had a number of short stories and essays published and in 2014 she was awarded an ASA mentorship to develop her novel manuscript. At University of Tasmania, Rachel gained First Class Honours for her Cultural Geography thesis on the Hobart Rivulet and then went on to train in physical theatre, clown and improvisation. She has been a professional performer for over ten years. While living in Tasmania Rachel spent much time camping, bushwalking, white water rafting and kayaking.