Gemma Bowker-Wright was brought up in the Hawkes Bay and currently lives in Wellington. She has a BSc and MSc from Victoria University and currently works at the Ministry for Primary Industries. In 2011 she completed the MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters and her short stories have been published in Metro, Sport and Hue & Cry. She was the winner of the 2010 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition and the 2011 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Competition for short fiction. The Red Queen is her first book.