The short:

Kate O’Donnell is a writer, editor and bookseller specialising in children’s and young adult literature. She has a BA in History and French from the University of Melbourne and studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Untidy Towns is her first novel.

The longer:

I’m a children’s book editor and young adult author based in Melbourne.

I grew up in the first golden age of Australian YA literature (i.e. the 90s) and have worked as a bookseller since I was fourteen, when I got my start packing school booklists through hot summers in the agricultural & livestock sheds at the Geelong Showgrounds. (Do I still imagine this place as the Wirrawee setting for Tomorrow, When the War Began? Why, yes, yes I do.)

Untidy Towns was inspired by the feelings I felt during my final year of school. Those expectations, pressures and fears. I wanted to explore success and failure and how you don’t wear your results on you for the rest of your life.

I currently work as a Project Editor with Scribble, an imprint of Scribe Publications, in addition to being a children’s bookseller at The Younger Sun bookshop (a job I don’t think I’ll ever able to quit).

The most important:

Will pat your dog.