Simone Bailey was born in the miniscule town of Merriwa, New South Wales and spent most of her adult life working in the Sydney legal industry. She has been writing stories since she learned how to structure a sentence. Some have been published, some have won awards, some have been rejected and some have been relegated to the Council-issue recycling bin.
Martha Elliott is a clever, determinedly single, borderline anal retentive who lives with her family: a silent father, a mother who does not notice her, a sister who is inveterately stoned, and a younger brother who makes Martha want, in her own words, 'to disembowel him'. She's not too bad at number crunching, but in the kitchen she is a true artiste, albeit more domestic gorgon than domestic goddess.