Mary Verney has been working in publishing for almost seventeen years. She left her job as a bookseller in Queensland to move to Sydney and work with Pan Macmillan and then Walker Books. She is currently a Senior Editor in the Young Readers team at Penguin Random House, working with authors including George Ivanoff, Deborah Abela, Dianne Wolfer, Renée Treml and A.L. Tait. Her favourite books from childhood are The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr and Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein.