Ross Watkins is an author and illustrator for both children and adults. His first major publication was as the illustrator of The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree (2012), and his picture book One Photo (2016) was shortlisted for the CBCA 2017 Picture Book of the Year. His short fiction has been published in various Australian anthologies and journals, and he was shortlisted for the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Emerging Author. Ross lives on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The Apology is his first novel.