Veronica Lando is an emerging Australian crime writer with a taste for the quirky and creepy. Growing up in a flat above her parents’ Melbourne book shop, she feels as if she were born with words running through her veins. Now living in Queensland, she likes to use the uniquely wild and dangerous landscapes of the north to shape her stories. She believes each chapter, each character interaction and each unwritten word should ratchet up the tension. Veronica won the 2021 Banjo Prize for Fiction with her debut, The Whispering.