Jay Verney is a Brisbane writer. She graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Literary Studies) from Central Queensland University, and received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Queensland in 1999.
Verney has worked in a variety of jobs, including hospital pay clerk, shop assistant, tradesman's offsider, public servant, writer-in-residence, and cat wrangler. She has written for newspapers, anthologies, and magazines, and has taught creative writing and judged a number of literary awards.
A Mortality Tale, her first novel, was republished in 2004 to accompany the publication of her new novel Percussion.
'Carmen Molloy is driving home late at night during a storm when she accidentally hits a young man who steps out into the road. He dies. In shock, Carmen drives home without telling anyone, and when the man's body is found, she does not come forward. The novel deals with her internal turmoil as she tries to deal with her guilt about what happened, and her fear of being found out.'