Kathryn Lomer grew up on a farm in northwest Tasmania. She left school at fifteen and began the first of many and varied jobs in Tasmania and then overseas. She eventually went to university as a mature-age student, but never did do Grades 11 and 12. She became a teacher of English as a Second Language and taught for many years in Australia and Japan. Kathryn has published two collections of poetry: the second, Two Kinds of Silence, won the 2008 NSW Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize. Her collection of short fiction, Camera Obscura, was shortlisted in the 2008 Queensland Premier's Steele Rudd Award. Her young adult novel, The Spare Room, was a 2004 CBCA Notable book.