Jay Verney is a Brisbane writer who was born in Rockhampton. She grew up, worked, holidayed and enjoyed an altered state of mind in pubs from Rocky to Beijing. She has been a hospital pay clerk, shop assistant, tradesman’s offsider, public servant, writer-in-residence, cat wranger and political tragic. Jay has written for newspapers, anthologies, magazines and money. She has taught creative writing and judged a number of literary awards. "A Mortality Tale", her first novel, was published in 1994. It was shortlisted for both the Australian/Vogel and the Miles Franklin awards. It is being republished in 2004 to accompany the publication of her new novel "Percussion".