Dr Shirley Patton grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives with her partner, and a miniature schnauzer, in wine-growing
country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, Northern Tasmania.
A decade ago, she left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence, and a lecturer in the Dept. of Sociology &
Social Work at the University of Tasmania, to write fiction full time. Since then, she has obtained a Masters of Creative Writing, and
has published several short stories in a variety of literary publications. Prior to practising social work, Shirley worked in the media
as a television newsreader and television chat show host.