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, again, in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2016 Hal Porter Short Story Competition. Her bushfire themed short story collection Flame Tip was published in March 2017 by Hybrid Publishers. Born in Tasmania (where a part of her soul still resides), she currently lives and writes on the Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane.