Gillian Mears lives and writes near Grafton in northern New South Wales. She has published four collections of short stories. Ride a Cock Horse won the Commonwealth Writers Regional First Book Prize (1989) and Fineflour (UQP 1990) was published to critical acclaim. More recent volumes are Collected Stories (UQP 1997) and A Map of the Gardens (2002). Her first novel The Mint Lawn was awarded the Vogel/Australian prize in 1990, and The Grass Sister won the Commonwealth Writers Regional Best Book Prize in 1996. In 1997 Gillian published Paradise is a Place, a photo essay in collaboration with Sydney photographer Sandy Edwards.