'I grew up in north-east Victoria, a good three hours’ drive from Melbourne. It was the kind of place with long, burning summers and highways that ate up the horizon. Back then phones were pretty much indestructible and I spent far too much time playing downball and Age of Empires (if either of those things is even possible). After school and on weekends I would whittle away the hours by devouring books and dreaming of one day writing my own. But like most wannabe writers from the country, something was missing.'