Melbourne-based writer, Sarah Bailey, is back representing a new generation of female Australian crime writers. Her debut novel, The Dark Lake, the first in the Woodstock trilogy, won the Ned Kelly and Davitt Award for Best First Novel, and has recently been optioned for the screen by Hopscotch Features. Both The Dark Lake and the sequel, Into the Night went on to become international bestsellers.

Bailey is a young mother of two children and a full-time managing partner of a Melbourne-based advertising agency. The writer balances her home and work life responsibilities while continuing to write as a successful author in the crime world, which is a predominantly male-dominated genre. Bailey is certainly busy, with the third installment of the Woodstock series due to be released later in the year.Β The author has stated that her own life experiences have shaped her protagonist, Detective Gemma Woodstock, throughout these series, making Gemma a relatable, multi-layered and unexpected character.

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