Kirsten McDougall was born in 1974 and grew up in Wellington and Masterton. She was educated at Victoria University, graduating in 2004 with a Masters in Creative Writing. She has had writing published in Sport, Turbine and Big Weather: Poems of Wellington (2nd edition). Kirsten was a winner of The Long and the Short of It short story competition in 2011, in which her story ‘Clean hands save lives’ won first prize in the short section. She lives in Wellington with her partner and two children. The Invisible Rider is her first book.