Raised on a whodsc_0205lesome diet of books, stories and poetry, Ekaterina Tretiakova (“Kat” to her friends) began writing in school instead of listening to her teachers. With a mother who worked as a librarian and a father who was addicted to reading, she quickly developed a love for language.

She earned her degree in Professional and Creative Writing  from Deakin University, and finished at Honours level. In 2012, she was awarded first place in the John Marsden Prize for her short story ‘Poppies’, which led to her first publication in Voiceworks Magazine.

She lives in South Gippsland, Australia, with her partner Graeme and their beautiful monster of a cat, Boo.