Karenlee Thompson is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, who is passionate about reading and writing the Australian voice. She has been published by The Weekend Australian, Antipodes, Woman’s Day, The Big Issue and Writing Queensland amongst others. She has written short stories for children (NSW Education Department’s Countdown and Orbit) and her novel 8 States of Catastrophe (Brolga) was published in 2011. She was a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize in 2015 and in 2016. Born in Tasmania (where a part of her soul still resides), she lives and writes on the Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane.