Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s west coast and has surfed for 45 years. His debut novel, The Road to Winter (2016), was shortlisted for multiple awards and is taught in schools around Australia. The sequel, Wilder Country (2017), won the 2018 Australian Indie Book Award for YA. The third book in the trilogy, Land of Fences, was published in 2019. Mark is also an award-winning writer of short fiction, with credits including the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and the Alan Marshall Short Story Prize, and his work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, The Big Issue, The Victorian Writer and The Australian.