Melissa Lucashenko is a Murri woman of European and Ygambeh/Bundjalung descent. She was born in Brisbane in 1967 and grew up on its southern outskirts. After working as a bar attendant, housepainter and martial arts instructor, she received an Honours Degree in Public Policy from Griffith University and has since lived in Canberra, Darwin, the Kingdom of Tonga and on the north coast of New South Wales. Her first book Steam Pigs won the 1998 Dobbie Award for Women’s Fiction and was shortlisted for the 1999 New South Wales Premier’s fiction award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, First Published Book. Her next book Killing Darcy won the Children’s Book Council Award and the Royal Blind Society’s Talking Book Award for young readers. Hard Yards was published in 1999 and shortlisted in the 2002 Courier-Mail Best Book Award. In 2002 her fourth book Too Flash was launched by Jukurrpa Books. Excerpts from Steam Pigs and Hard Yards were chosen for Fresh Cuttings, UQP’s first anthology of Black Australian Writing.