Kathryn Barker was born in Canberra, started primary school in Tokyo and finished high school in the woods outside Olympia, Washington State. In the years that followed she went to university, became a lawyer, completed her master's in film production and worked in television. She currently lives in Sydney with her family. Kathryn’s first novel, In the Skin of a Monster, was published to high acclaim and won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, was shortlisted for two Davitt Awards and was a CBCA Notable Book. Waking Romeo is her second novel.