ISOBELLE CARMODY was born in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia, 1958. She writes science fiction, fantasy, children's and juvenile literature and divides her time between a home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and her travels abroad. Isobelle began work on the highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles when she was just fourteen years old. She continued to work on these while completing a Bachelor of Arts, and a cadetship in journalism. The first two books in the Obernewtyn series were short listed for the CBC Children’s Book of the Year in the Older Readers category; Scatterlings won Talking book of the Year. The Gathering was a joint winner of the 1993 CBC Book of the Year Award and the 1994 Children's Literature Peace Prize. Greylands won an Aurealis Award and a White Raven at Bologna, while Billy Thunder and the Night Gate was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature in the 2001 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Both Little Fur and A Fox Called Sorrow received BAAFTA Industry Awards for design and Alyzon Whitestarr won the coveted Golden Aurealis for overall best novel at the Aurealis Awards. With Nan Mc Nabb she was the participating editor of the first of a two book collection of stories by taking a dark look at fairy tales, and her most recent book The Red Wind won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year. She is currently working on the final book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen.