Kirstyn McDermott
Working in the darker alleyways of speculative fiction for much of her career, with many critically acclaimed and award-winning short stories under her authorial belt, Kirstyn's debut novel, Madigan Mine, published in 2010 won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel – An extract from this once caused an audience member to faint during a live reading. While wearing her non-writing hats, Kirstyn co-edited the inaugural issue of Midnight Echo, served as Vice President of the AHWA, and convened Continuum 3! She now produces and co-hosts a monthly book-discussion podcast The Writer and the Critic, which generally keeps her out of trouble. Her latest novel, Perfections, will be released in December 2012. Kirstyn lives in Melbourne with her husband and fellow scribbler, Jason Nahrung  (see below), and can be found online (usually far too often) at