Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast. Following the success of his debut novel, The Road To Winter (Text 2016),his second novel, Wilder Country (Text 2017),won the 2018 Australian Indie Book Award for YA.  The Road To Winter is currently being taught in schools around Australia and both books have been published in the US and UK. Mark is also an award winning writer of short fiction, with credits including the 2015 Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and the 2013 Alan Marshall Short Story Prize, and his work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, The Big Issue, The Victorian Writer and The Australian.